HC Deb 25 November 1937 vol 329 c1375
3. Mr. Sexton

asked the Minister of Labour what progress has been made in the further inquiry into coal mine drainage in South-West Durham?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)

The South-West Durham Reconstruction and Development Board accepted an offer of the Commissioner for the Special Areas to meet the cost of a detailed survey of the problem of the prevention of the inflow of water into the colliery workings from the River Gaunless, and I understand that the report will be received by the board in the near future.

Mr. Sexton

Will the report be available to Members of the House?

Mr. Brown

I should like to inquire into that. I am not quite sure.

Mr. Batey

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we have been waiting for this report for a very long time?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member will understand—none better than he I am sure—how difficult this problem is, and how essential it is to get accurate information before any action is taken on the report.

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