§ 7. Mr. PIKE
asked the Secretary for Mines the number of pits closed in South Yorkshire on the 20th June owing to the miners' day revival; whether the closing down was compulsory owing to abstention by the miners; and if he will ascertain the number of miners who were compelled, against their wishes, to cease work?
§ Mr. ISAAC FOOT
The returns for the week in question are not yet available, and I am doubtful whether, when they are received, they will contain all the information which my hon. Friend desires. I will send him such particulars as are available in the next few days.
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this demonstration represents one of the 10 days' holidays agreed upon between the mine workers and the owners; and is he further aware that the whole of the South Yorkshire miners are: working three or four days a week so that one day makes no difference?
§ 29. Mr. PIKE
asked the Minister of Labour whether claims to unemployment benefit will be paid to the miners who participated in the South Yorkshire miners' revival march; whether the closing of the pits was made compulsory owing to abstention; and if he will state the estimated cost to the Unemployment Insurance Fund?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. R. S. Hudson)
The claims for benefit are being considered by the statutory authorities. 1623 Pending their decision on the claims it would be undesirable for me to express any opinion on the second part of the question and it is not possible to deal with the last part of the question.
§ Mr. LUNN
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that large numbers of miners from the Attercliffe Division attended this demonstration and helped to make it a brilliant success; and is he further aware that the men who were absent from work on the Monday for this demonstration might have been compelled to be absent on the Wednesday or Thursday because there was no work?