The Coal Commission ended its public sittings on Thursday, January.
14th. On that day the Miners' Federation presented its scheme of reconstruction,'which was explained by Mr. R. H. Tawney. It was frankly admitted by the sponsors of the scheme that it did nothing to help the industry out of the difficulties which will arise when the subsidy comes to an end. It would require two or three years at the least to put this large and complicated Socialistic plan into operation. In fine the Federation dealt with the future, not with the present. Several of the objects of the scheme are excellent in themselves and such as men of all parties would like to achieve— cheaper electrical power, the treatment of coal so as to produce all its by-products, electrification of rural areas and the electrification of railways.