Coal Act, 1938.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 15th September 1939.

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Photo of Sir Samuel Storey Sir Samuel Storey , Sunderland

asked the Secretary for Mines whether it is intended to postpone the operation of the Coal Act, 1938, on account of the present emergency.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

The Valuation procedure under the Coal Act, 1938, has necessarily been suspended and a considerable proportion of the staff of the Coal Commission are employed on emergency work in the Mines Department and other Government Departments. A part of the work of the Coal Commission will require to be carried on, but as to the remainder of the work I am not yet in a position to make a statement.