10. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Secretary for Mines whether anything has been done by the interests concerned to promote a scheme for the draining of the waterlogged coal measures in South-West Durham, where over 13,000,000 tons of coal are submerged?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these waterlogged areas are a serious menace to the men working there; and is the Mines Department satisfied that these millions of tons of coal should be lost?
Is it not possible for the hon. Gentleman to speed up the interests concerned with a view to reclamation in this area?