HC Deb 08 February 1934 vol 285 c1308
83. Mr. D. GRAHAM

asked the Secretary for Mines what negotiations or correspondence have taken place between his Department and the Mining Association of Great Britain during the past two years; and the subjects on which the correspondence or negotiations took place?


My Department is frequently in communication with the Mining Association as also with the Miners' Federation, either officially or informally, on all important subjects relating to the mining industry, but the number of communications which pass is so great that I do not think the work involved in presenting to the House a complete list of them would be justified by its value to Members. If the hon. Member has any particular matter in mind, perhaps he will let me know.


If there have been so many communications and negotiations during the last three years, it seems rather peculiar, does it not, that we cannot be given the dates at which these negotiations took place and the dates at which correspondence passed?


I have not said that I am unable to give them. I am saying that the number is so great that the work involved in presenting them to the House would not be justified by their value to hon. Members.