asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can explain why certain welfare schemes under the auspices of the Miners' Central Welfare Committee are held up; and why so many collieries are being laid idle at the present time?209W
§ Captain Crookshank
If the hon. Member will say to which welfare schemes he refers, I will make inquiries. As to the second part of the question, normal seasonal variation in trade, together with some falling off in demand during the last three months, have caused some temporary closing down of pits.