HC Deb 09 February 1937 vol 320 c215
53. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the Government's intention to complete the negotiations with the representatives of the royalty owners as to the amount to be paid on the acquisition of the royalties by the State; and whether, in that event, it will be permissible, when the Bill is introduced, to amend the amount agreed to between the Government and royalty owners?

Mr. Chamberlain

Negotiations are still proceeding with the representatives of the coal royalty owners, and I hope that they may result in agreement; as regards the second part of the question, I must ask the hon. Member to await the introduction of the Bill.

Mr. Griffiths

Before the price is finally fixed will the right hon. Gentleman consult the workmen's representatives?

Mr. Chamberlain

I am afraid I cannot give such an undertaking.