§ Mr. G. BARKER
asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in view of the distress at Blaina due to the closing of the mines since February, 1921, he can state if there is any immediate prospect of these pits being reopened as a result of his recent visit to Blaina and his consultation with the representatives of the Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron and Coal Company on the situation?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
I cannot say at present. Negotiations have been taking place, as agreed at the meeting to which the hon. Gentleman refers, between the company and representatives of the miners—but I have not yet heard the result. I am making inquiries.