HC Deb 15 March 1934 vol 287 c581

asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware that 5,000 men have received 15 days' notice to terminate engagement by the Wemyss Coal Company, Limited; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Ernest Brown)

On at least one previous occasion this colliery company has issued provisional notices of this nature towards the end of the quarter. I observe that the notices posted at the pithead admit that it is expected that sufficient quota will be available to enable the pits to keep working, so that the management apparently do not anticipate that the notices will be operative. My hon. Friend may be interested to know that the recent application made by the Scottish District Executive Board for an increased allocation for the district for the quarter ended 31st March was granted in full.