HC Deb 15 July 1924 vol 176 cc234-5W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can state the present position of the negotiations with regard to the dispute between the miners' organisations and the mine owners of the Bristol, Kent and other coalfields in respect of the alleged violation of the national agreement?


I have had no part in the negotiations which have taken place in this matter. I am informed that the question has now been settled in Somerset, but is still outstanding in Kent, Bristol and Forest of Dean, and that the meeting held between the Mining Association and Miners' Federation on the 3rd July failed to find a way out of the difficulty. I understand that it was stated definitely on behalf of the Mining Association that they expected every colliery that continued to work to observe the terms of the national agreement.