HC Deb 15 March 1922 vol 151 cc2229-30W

asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware that the owners of collieries working seams other than top-hard scams are threatening to set their collieries down unless a substantial reduction in wages is conceded off the basis rates of all classes of workers other than lads of 14 and 18 years of age; that the plea of these owners for such reduction is on account of the economic condition of the collieries; that the D. M. A. have suggested that the owners should make an application to the Eastern Area Board for a separate district; that the owners refuse to divulge any figures; and the average monthly profits in the aggregate for all seams other than top-hard for each separate month from July, 1921, to February, 1922?


I have no official information of the circumstances referred to in this question, but I am making inquiries, and if it appears that I can be of any assistance in promoting a settlement, I will take such steps as are possible. I am unable to give the information asked for in the last part of the question.