Miners (Hours of Labour).

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 2nd August 1922.

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Photo of Captain Robert Gee Captain Robert Gee , Woolwich East

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the temporary demand for coal for export, and the necessity for alleviating the distress amongst the miners, he will recommend to Parliament a temporary suspension of the Seven Hours Act in order to enable the miners to take advantage of the present trade to the fullest?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I have been asked to reply. In the absence of any expressed desire on the part of the representatives of those employed in the mining industry, I am not prepared, in present circumstances, to introduce the legislation suggested.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some of the best coilieries in Durham are still working short time in spite of these orders?