§ 3. Mr. LAWSON
asked the Minister of Labour whether lie is aware that the Beamish air-pit millers were requested some months ago to work the pneumatic pick in a seam one foot nine inches high; that, although the men could not work 1533 this machine in such a seam, the officers of the Ministry and the Umpire declared this was a dispute, and consequently no benefit was paid; and that the manager has now declared all the men in the scam are unsuitable for this employment after trial; and what steps he now proposes to have the whole of these facts reconsidered?
4. Mr. DAVID ADAMS
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the men concerned in the Beamish air-pit case, which was recently heard by the Umpire, have now been declared unsuitable for this class of work by the manager; and, in view of this changed position, what steps he proposes to take to have this case reconsidered?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
My attention has been called to this ease by the hon. Members. The decision has been given by the Umpire, who, as the hon. Member knows, is the final authority. I regret, therefore, that there is no action which I can take.
§ Mr. LAWSON
Is the Minister aware that, since I put down my question, the colliery manager has sent a letter in which he says quite plainly that the which who are doing this work are unsuitable? Does not that alter the whole case; and will the right hon. Gentleman see to it, therefore, that there is a rehearing of the case, which has been totally altered by the manager's statement?
§ Mr. T. SMITH
Could not a re-hearing be obtained on the facts stated in the latter parts of these questions, seeing that the men have now been declared unsuitable for this class of work?
§ Mr. LAWSON
Is the Minister aware that it is the common opinion in the district that there have been new facts, and that the men concerned have pressed for the re-hearing of a case in which a wrong has certainly been done to decent, moderate-minded men?
Are we to understand t hat the right hon. Gentleman will bring 1534 these new facts to the notice of the authorities or of the Umpire?