§ 53. Mr. GEORGE HALL
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can now make a statement as to the progress, if any, made in the discussions between the Government, the representatives of the mine-owners, and the Mineworkers' Federation, for an increase of wages for the miners?
§ Captain CROOKSHANK
Although the suggestions so far put forward by the coalowners are not acceptable to the Mineworkers' Federation of Great Britain, negotiations are continuing. I can say nothing more at present.
§ Mr. SHINWELL
Can we have an assurance from the hon. and gallant Gentleman, and if possible from the Prime Minister, that in the event of a 555 breakdown in the negotiations the House will be advised, so that we may be informed of the Government's intentions? Can we not have an answer on a matter of this importance?