§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)
Negotiations between the Nuffield Trustees, Special Areas Reconstruction Association, Limited, Coltness Iron Company, Limited, Whitehaven Collieries, Limited, and the Lowther Estates, Limited, have resulted in an agreement being arrived at whereby a new company will be formed immediately to work the Whitehaven Collieries. This is a large colliery undertaking in West Cumberland which ceased operations in October, 1935, 155 causing unemployment to nearly 2,500 people who formerly worked at the mines. The Coltness Iron Company, Limited, which has wide colliery and other interests in Scotland, in Warwickshire and in South Staffordshire, has agreed to become responsible for the management of the Whitehaven Collieries, and the new company will be under its control. The effect of the arrangement will, I anticipate, be that in a large measure the problem of unemployment in Whitehaven will have been solved and the hope of prosperity restored to the town and district.
§ Mr. F. Anderson
Has a definite agreement been arrived at, and, if so, how many men are likely to be immediately employed?
§ Mr. T. Williams
In the event of an expansion in coal sales, will this not mean the closing down of some other colliery?
§ Mr. Garro Jones
While appreciating aid from any source, may I ask what element of enterprise has been brought in by the Nuffield Trustees which could not have been brought in by the Government at an earlier stage?