HC Deb 29 April 1929 vol 227 cc1306-7W

asked the Secretary for Mines what amalgamations of collieries have taken place since the enactment of the Mining Industry Act, 1926, under the Act and without recourse to the Act, respectively?

Commodore KING

Nineteen separate amalgamation schemes, subsequently reduced to 16 by further amalgamation, have been effected since the passing of the Act. Five of these, involving 63 pits normally employing about 51,440 workpeople, have been confirmed by the Railway and Canal Commission; the remainder, covering 143 pits and about 102,930 workpeople, were effected without recourse to the Act. Others are now under negotiation.