§ Mr. E. BROWN
This information is not available to my Department. I would point out to the hon. Member that Boldon Colliery forms part of the undertaking owned by the Harton Coal Company, and the quota is allocated to that undertaking as a whole, and not in respect of the individual collieries that comprise the undertaking.
§ 64. Mr. BATEY
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that Boldon colliery, County Durham, was closed down by the owners three months ago; that it is estimated that about 7,000 people are dependent on this colliery, about 2,000 being children; that, in view of Durham being classed as a distressed area, there is need for as much employment being provided as possible; and will he therefore include among the measures to be taken for the relief of this distressed area such steps as will lead to the immediate reopening of this colliery?
§ Mr. BROWN
The answer to the first three parts of the question is "Yes" in each case. With regard to the last part, I do not understand what measures the hon. Member thinks that I could take. I am informed that this mine would be restarted forthwith if agreement could be reached between the management and the workmen on certain matters at present in dispute.