Pneumatic Coal Picks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

7.

asked the Secretary for Mines the number of pneumatic coal picks there are in use in the coal mines of Great Britain; the amount of coal produced by them during 1930; and the county or district that has the greatest number in use?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

During 1930, 2,214 pneumatic picks were in use for getting coal at mines in Great Britain; 601,152 tons were got by 371 picks which were used in conjunction with coal-cutting machines and 2,495,084 tons by 1,843 picks used independently. The district using the greatest number of such picks was Durham, namely, 758.

Photo of Mr William Lawther Mr William Lawther , Barnard Castle

Can the hon. Gentleman tell us what difference in wages the use of these picks has meant to the men using them?