HC Deb 06 April 1927 vol 204 cc2094-5W

asked the Secretary for Mines in how many counties the employers in the coal-mining industry have organised for the purpose of scientific research, and the amount spent during the last year for which figures are available?

Colonel LANE FOX

The colliery owners have a national research association, and many of them are associated also with the research work of the Institution of Mining Engineers. Locally, there is a Lancashire and Cheshire Coal Research Association, and in this and other coalfields some of the colliery owners, individually and through their associations, co-operate in research work carried on at the universities and by the local Institutions of Mining Engineers. I have no information as to the amount spent.