HC Deb 12 May 1938 vol 335 c1681
3. Mr. George Hall

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the large number of unemployed miners who are partially disabled owing to accidents received in the course of their employment, and who are now, owing to the prolonged depression, unable to obtain employment in the coal-mining industry; and whether any steps are taken by his Department with the view of suitable employment being obtained for these men?

Mr. E. Brown

Inquiries are being made into the position, and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Hall

Are the inquiries similar to those which are being made in connection with the elderly men or is special consideration being given to this class?

Mr. Brown

I am making precise inquiry into the facts which the hon. Member desires to know.

Mr. Lawson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Durham coalowners and the miners' representatives are dealing with this matter this week, and will he inquire what is being done and try to facilitate the matter?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member's question covers the whole field, and the inquiry is being directed to find all the facts.