HC Deb 25 January 1937 vol 319 cc570-1
52. Mr. T. Williams

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he. has been in touch with the coalowners and workmen's representatives of the Brodsworth, Hickleton, Markham Main, and Yorkshire Main collieries, where nearly 12,000 mineworkers have been on strike for several weeks; and whether he has any statement to make?

Captain Crookshank

My Department has kept in touch with the progress of this dispute, but hitherto there has been no indication that my intervention is desired by the parties. If and when it is desired, it will be immediately available.

Mr. Williams

Do I understand the hon. and gallant Gentleman to imply that the Department are always ready to act as mediators?

Captain Crookshank

I have said that, so far as I know, nobody wants me to intervene. If they do, I shall be very glad to render assistance.

Mr. Bellenger

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman prepared to take action if a request comes from either side, or does he want both sides to agree before he will take action?

Captain Crookshank

Nobody has done it yet. If one side did, I should consider what was the next step to take.