Since the end of 1931, seven colliery companies in Lancashire have amalgamated with or been absorbed by other companies. The two largest companies at present operating in Lancashire are the Manchester Collieries, Limited, employing 14,814 wage-earners, and the Wigan Coal Corporation, Limited, employing 9,930 wage-earners. The total number of wage-earners on colliery books in Lancashire for the week ended 13th July, 1935, was 59,641.
Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that these amalgamations cause a number of men to be thrown out of employment, generally the older men? Is his Department taking any steps to give compensation to the men who are thrown out of work because of amalgamations?