14. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Secretary for Mines whether any arrangements have yet been made with a view to the opening of mines now standing idle in the county of Durham, and to making them ready for the production of coal?
Is it the intention of the hon. Gentleman's Department to open those collieries in the immediate future, or is it proposed to wait until the war is over before they are dealt with?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are over 14,000,000 tons of coal lying waterlogged in Durham and that no effort is being made by his Department to get it?
§ Mr. Lawson
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the scheme for de-watering the coal in South-West Durham was practically settled, but the Special Areas Commissioner would not grant the amount of their share of the money necessary completely to pump out this area? A vast amount of coal will be wasted and men will be unemployed in an area in which men should be employed.