17. Mr. W. JOSEPH STEWART
asked the Secretary for Mines whether anything has been done to deal with the problem of flooding in the mining area of South-West Durham; whether anyone has been appointed to make a special survey of this area; and, if so, when will a report be issued?
§ Captain CROOKSHANK
Yes, Sir In August last the South-West Durham Reconstruction and Development Board appointed an eminent mining engineer to make an industrial survey of the coal mines in South-West Durham, with special reference to the water problem. I understand that this gentleman's report is likely to be ready for submission to the board at the end of next month.