Oral Answers to Questions — Gold Digging (British Empire)

– in the House of Commons on 10th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any recent figures to show how many people are engaged in digging for gold in the Dominions of Canada and South Africa and in the Commonwealth of Australia?

Photo of Mr Paul Emrys-Evans Mr Paul Emrys-Evans , Derbyshire Southern

I regret that the information in question is not available here.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I was recently told that something of the order of 460,000 people were engaged in digging for gold? Is he aware that the United States have stopped it and have closed down 200 mines?