§ Mr. TINKER
asked the Secretary for Mines what amalgamations have taken place in Lancashire under the Mining Industry Act, 1926; and the percentage of output they cover for the whole of the Lancashire collieries?
§ Commodore KING
Only one amalgamation, under the title of the Manchester Collieries, Limited, has been completed in Lancashire, but the group of mines involved is a large one. I am precluded by the Mining Industry Act, 1920, from disclosing the outputs of individual undertakings without the consent of their owners, but on the basis of number of workpeople employed, the proportion of the group to the whole of the Lancashire and Cheshire coalfield is 23.3 per cent.