Mines Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1931.

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Photo of Mr Philip Oliver Mr Philip Oliver , Manchester, Blackley


asked the Secretary for Mines if he will give details of the staff of his Department during the first week in March in 1930 and 1931, respectively; and what additions to his staff have been necessitated by the Coal Mines Act, 1930?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

As the answer involves a rather long statement containing a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

With the hon. Member's permission, I propose to refer, as a matter of convenience, to the dates 1st April, 1930, and 1st April, 1931.

The hon. Member will find all the information he requires as regards details of the staff of the Mines Department on 1st April, 1930, in the Estimates for that year (Class VI, No. 6).

Provision is made in the Estimates for 1931, which I understand will be published on the 14th March, as follows:

The staff of the Mines Department itself shows an increase of 15, 12 of whom are required for additional work resulting from the Coal Mines Act, 1930, and three to meet other increases of work in the Department.

For the Reorganisation Commission, the cost of which will be borne on the Mines Department Vote, provision is made as follows.

  • 1 Chairman.
  • 4 Commissioners.
  • 16 members of the staff seconded from the Mines Department.
  • 5 other staff.

The following provision is made for the Committees of Investigation:

6 Secretaries of Committees.

12 other staff.