§ Mr. Peter Freeman
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what were the average wages of miners for the last available week; and what were the lowest and highest amounts recorded in that week.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Statistics in regard to earnings in the coal mining industry are 275W collected on a monthly and not a weekly basis. In the month of November, 1946, the latest month for which figures are available, average weekly cash earnings amounted to 126s. 9d. The information asked for in the last part of the Question is not available and could not be obtained without a special inquiry which would involve a disproportionate amount of work.