Coal Mines Act, 1930.

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

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Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

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asked the Secretary for Mines when he will be in a position to lay before Parliament a report upon the operation of the Coal Mines Act, 1930?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

Under Section 7 of the Coal Mines Act, 1930, a report on the operation of all schemes in force under the Act has to be laid before Parliament during each year. An advance report on the working of schemes during the first quarter of this year was however laid before Parliament on Friday last and printed copies will be available tomorrow evening.

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

Does that show how many pits the Government have succeeded in getting closed under the Act?

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

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asked the Secretary for Mines how many amalgamation or absorption schemes have been submitted to the Board of Trade since the passing of the Coal Mines Act, 1930; how many have been confirmed; and how many are now in operation?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

No such schemes have been submitted since the passing of the Coal Mines Act, 1930.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Has the Commission undertaken a preliminary survey?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

I understand it is more than a preliminary survey; it is a very comprehensive survey. The Commissioners are in communication with the coalowners with regard to it.

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

Are we to understand that nothing has been done under the Act except to close down pits?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

No, the hon. Gentleman must not understand anything of the kind. A great deal has been done.