§ 18. Mr. T. SMITH
asked the Secretary for Mines the number of wage-earners employed underground on the latest date available and the comparative figures for 1925 and 1930?
It is estimated that at 15th June, 1935, 606,000 wage-earners were employed below-ground at coal mines in Great Britain. The numbers so employed at the corresponding dates in 1925 and 1930 were 874,200 and 743,500, respectively.
I cannot answer the second part of the supplementary question without notice. As to the first part, the Government's policy cannot be stated in reply to a supplementary question.
§ Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE
Does not this decrease in the number of workers show the folly of the general strike?
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
According to the figures there are about 200,000 fewer miners employed now. May I ask whether the output has in any way diminished?