HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 cc1228-9
6. Mr. Tinker

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware of the resolution carried at the Miners' Conference last week protesting at the conditions applying to the bonus attendance payment; and what steps his Department are taking on this question so as to bring about a more satisfactory settlement?

Mr. Grenfell

I am aware of the resolution calling upon the Executive Committee of the Mineworkers' Federation of Great Britain to take this question up with representatives of the colliery owners; I understand that a meeting between the parties for this purpose has been arranged.

Mr. Tinker

Will the Minister not use his good influence to impress upon coal-owners that they should not be too hard? Is he aware there is some feeling among the miners at what is happening and that if it could be removed, a better spirit would prevail?

Mr. Grenfell

I would like to see conciliation adopted by both sides in order that a better spirit should prevail and improved production result.

Mr. James Griffiths

Will the Minister make new efforts in this matter?

Mr. Grenfell

I hope it will be discussed at the next meeting.

Mr. McGovern

Has not the Mine-workers' Federation agreed about this matter?