§ 8. Mr. G. GRIFFITHS
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has anything to report from the International Labour Conference on hours of labour in coal mines; and whether, seeing that the United States miners are working a 35-hour week which has proved economically advantageous, he will take steps to bring about a similar state of things in this country?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour to a question asked by the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent (Mr. E. Smith) on 25th June on the subject of the recent International Labour Conference.
§ Mr. G. GRIFFITHS
Do not the Government intend to do anything in the direction of a 36-hour week for our miners—
§ Mr. GRIFFITHS
I had not quite finished my question. Did not Lord 1374 Sankey state that when the miners were producing 250,000,000 tons a year we should have these hours; and is it not a fact that they reached that figure of 250,000,000 tons 16 years ago?