§ Mr. FREEMAN
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many persons are employed per £1,000,000 of capital in agriculture and in the coal, railway, iron and steel, cotton, tobacco, and brewing trades?242W
§ Mr. TURNER
It is estimated that not less than £100,000 a year is being spent by Government Departments in this country on research into technical and economic questions directly affecting the coal-mining industry. In addition a sum of over £50,000 a year is being spent on research work directed solely to the health and safety of workers in coal mines, but which nevertheless is frequently of considerable value from a technical and economic point of view. I will send my hon. Friend a list of associations and other bodies outside Government Departments which are known to be carrying on research work closely affecting the coal-mining industry. Information is not available of the total amount of money expended by these organisations although it is known to be considerable, nor is information available of the expenditure in Germany on these problems.