LLoyd George rules out nationalising the mines

Lloyd George states to the House of Commons that despite considerable support for the idea of nationalisation, the government will not follow such a policy. Lloyd George had established the Sankey Commission earlier in the year to consider the case for nationalisation in the mining industry. The Commission included a number of miners’ leaders. This was arguably to stave off the threat of strike action in the industry, where workers were demanding a 30% pay increase and a reduction of hours in the working day. This was against a backdrop in which the Government were concerned about the rise of Socialism. The report recommended a reduction to a 7-hour working day and a wage increase, which resulted in a proposed strike being called off. The second part of the Commission’s report recommended the nationalisation of the industry, which Lloyd George’s Government rejected.