§ Mr. R. RICHARDSON
asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware of the large numbers of miners, their wives and children who are suffering severe privation from lack of food and clothing consequent upon the large reductions in wages, the lack of employment, and the still high cost of living in many of the mining areas; and, if so, will he say what steps, if any, 864W the Government propose to take to remedy this serious state of affairs?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
I am aware of the present condition of the mining industry, and I regret to say that it is true that in many districts there is great distress amongst the mining population. The remedy can lie only in an improvement in the trade of the country and a reduction in the cost of living.