§ 22. Mr. Lawson
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that large 342 numbers of miners are losing their employment in Durham through the closing of seams and mines; that, in view of the numbers already unemployed in that area, this recent breakdown in employment is causing alarm; and whether the Government are taking any steps in this matter?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I am aware that from 12th September to 17th October there was an increase in the number of miners registered as unemployed in Durham but this increase was less than the decrease in the preceding monthly period. As regards the second part of the question, I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Seaham (Mr. Shinwell) on 1st November.
§ Mr. Lawson
The answer of the right hon. Gentleman to the hon. Member does not give any satisfaction at all upon this matter; and do we understand that this continuous unemployment is still to go on and that the Government have no plans at all to meet the situation?
§ Mr. Lawson
Is the Minister aware that the situation has become worse during the last six weeks, since the publication of the last official figures?
§ Mr. Shinwell
In view of the growing depression in the Durham coal industry, will the Minister consult his right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade and see if anything can be done?
§ Mr. George Griffiths
Will the Minister also not forget that Yorkshire is suffering from depression?