HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c196W
106. Mr. T. J. Brooks

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he can now say when he proposes to introduce legislation to give effect in whole or in part to the recommendations made by the Committee on Mining Subsidence which was appointed on 3rd January, 1946, and issued their Report in March, 1949.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

My hon. Friend is no doubt aware that I presented a Bill to the House yesterday to deal with some of the problems arising from mining subsidence. This Bill will provide a measure of compensation for damage to small dwelling houses which has occurred since 1st January, 1947, and which is due to subsidence resulting from the mining of coal. Houses owned both by local authorities and by private owners will be covered. This Bill, which will alleviate some of the hardship caused by subsidence, will, I hope, be welcomed in all parts of the House, and in the mining areas, where it will do something to remedy a long standing grievance. I understand that copies of the Bill are available to hon. Members in the Vote Office.