§ 3. Mr. Cronin
asked the Paymaster-General if, having regard to the number of pits that are being closed with consequential unemployment in the mining industry, he will give a general direction to the National Coal Board not to renew where practicable any of the opencast mining contracts which are due to expire in 1959.
§ Sir I. Horobin
No. When contracts have expired in any year by the extraction of the coal and the replacement of overburden, the question of renewal does not arise.