HC Deb 24 March 1936 vol 310 cc1046-7
39. Mr. SEXTON

asked the Secretary for Mines the nature of the work upon which the members of the Coal Re-organisation Commission are now engaged?


The Commission are engaged in carrying out the duty assigned to them by Statute, that is, of promoting and assisting the amalgamation of colliery undertakings. I may add that a voluntary scheme for the partial amalgamation of six large colliery companies in Yorkshire has just been referred by my Department to the Railway and Canal Commission for confirmation. The Re-organisation Commission have been, and still are, assisting in this scheme, as well as proceeding with informal inquiries and discussions with a view to encouraging other voluntary amalgamations.


When are steps likely to be taken to give the Commission the extra powers that were indicated?


I have already answered that question.

Lieut. - Colonel ACLAND - TROYTE

Can the Minister say how many amalgamations have been made by the Commissioners, and what each amalgamation has cost?


Oh, no; not without notice.