HC Deb 31 January 1929 vol 224 cc1154-5W

asked the Secretary of Mines the total number of miners em- ployed in Durham in October, 1924, and in January, 1929, respectively; and the amount of wages paid weekly for the same periods?

Commodore KING

In October, 1924, there were 158,700 wage-earners employed in Durham coal mines, and in January, 1929, 129,000. The estimated total weekly wage bill was £378,000 in October, 1924, and £248,000 in November, 1928, the latest month for which particulars are available.