My right hon. Friends the First Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. Bridgeman), the Minister of Labour (Sir A. Steel-Maitland), and my hon. and gallant Friend the Secretary for Mines (Colonel Lane-Fox) had conversations last week with the representatives of the owners and the representatives of the miners. In view of the situation disclosed by those conversations the Government has decided to set up a Court of Inquiry under the Industrial Courts Act, and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour has set up a court accordingly. It will consist of—
"To inquire into the causes and circumstances of the dispute in the coal mining industry."
I hope that it will be possible to make arrangements for the Court to commence its duties at an early date.
I regret to hear the last remarks of the hon. Member. He is probably aware that the responsibility of setting up such a court belongs to the Government. They do not consult either party. We consider in the present circumstances that it is the proper course to pursue, and I very much trust it may be of some assistance.