Official: Cabinet: Committee on the Report of the Royal Commission on the Coal Industry: various papers.

Reference code: CHAR 22/114A-B

Part of: CHAR 22
Next record: CHAR 22/115
Previous record: CHAR 22/113

Date: 30 Apr 1926 - 27 Sep 1926


Includes papers by various individuals on the settlement of the coal dispute, including: Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister (4); representatives of the Miners' Federation; 1st Lord Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith], Secretary of State for India (2); Donald Fergusson [Private Secretary to WSC]; proposals for the settlement of the dispute; Sir Otto Niemeyer [Controller of Finance, Treasury] on mining royalties (2); Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [earlier Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame, later 1st Lord Swinton], President of the Board of Trade (3); Sir Ernest Gowers [Permanent Under-Secretary for Mines]; Frank Tribe [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Labour]; Christopher Hurst [Secretary of Royal Commission]; George Lane Fox, [later 1st Lord Bingley] Secretary for Mines; minutes of the meeting between the Central Committee of the Mining Association, and the Executive Committee of the Miners'Federation; notes of the meeting between ministers and the Miners' Federation; John Forbes Watson, Director, National Confederation of Employers' Organisations.

Also includes: press cuttings on the coal dispute; statistics of the distribution of earnings in the coal industry (September 1923).



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CHAR 22/114/3-4 Letter from the Miners' Executive Committee to the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, giving the Committee's reply to the proposals of the Coal owners in the coal dispute. The Committee notes that the owners propose a return to the minimum wage percentage of 1921 (a uniform reduction of 13.3 % from the standard wage), conditional on the extension of working hours over three years. The miners unanimously reject these proposals, but feel that proposals submitted on the Trades Union Congress afford a basis for negotiation. They state that their present working hours are long enough to supply a marketable amount of coal and for safety, and that to extend hours would merely result in unemployment and the imposition of similar working practices by foreign producers, while being contrary to the findings of the Royal Commission into the industry. They conclude by agreeing to co-operate in such reorganisation of the industry as the Royal Commission recommends. 30 Apr 1926
CHAR 22/114/71-72 Two pamphlets giving the minutes of proceedings of a meeting between the Central Committee of the Mining Association and the Executive Committee of the Miners' Federation on the coal dispute, particularly on: working hours; wages; a National Agreement as opposed to local wage settlements; coal prices at home and abroad. 19 Aug 1926
CHAR 22/114/73-109 Notes of a meeting between Government Ministers (Winston Churchill, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland, Minister of Labour, George Lane-Fox, Secretary for Mines [later 1st Lord Bingley], Sir Ernest Gowers, Permanent Under-Secretary, Mines Department, and also Thomas Jones, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet) and the Miners' Federation on attempts to settle the miners' strike, including: the Government's refusal to give further financial aid to the industry; the effects of the strike upon the country; the miners' refusal to extend working hours and the Eight Hours Bill; a national minimum wage; the Government's support for the mine owners; the need for reorganisation of the industry. 26 Aug 1926