§ Mr. Thurtle
asked the Secretary for Mines what results have been achieved by the party of five men appointed by his Department to prospect for coal; the rate of remuneration paid to these men; whether he is satisfied that they all had the necesary technical qualifications for the task given them; and how many of them were of military age?
§ Mr. Grenfell
If, as I assume, my hon. Friend has in mind Section 2 (2) of the Coal Act, 1938, it was never contemplated that the Coal Commission would exercise their powers to prospect for coal until after the vesting date (fixed by Section 3 (2) of the Act as 1st July, 1942). No staff has, therefore, been engaged for this purpose and no expense incurred.