Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I have given prolonged consideration to this question, in the hope of being able to introduce legislation dealing with it in a comprehensive way on the lines suggested by one or other of the various Committees and individuals that have studied the subject. But I have not been able to find or to devise any scheme likely to give effective assistance to the occupier of the surface which does not involve the imposition of an additional financial burden, either on the taxpayer, or on the ratepayer or on the mining industry. In present circumstances, I am not hopeful of being able to propose legislation which would carry out the objects desired by the hon. Member. But a Bill is being prepared for dealing with some of the recommendations made by the Committee on acquisition and valuation of land on this and kindred subjects.