Coal Industry Commission 1919

The coal industry commission was set up under an act of parliament and given statutory powers for enquiring into the position of, and the conditions prevailing in, the coal industry. The commission was presided over by a high court judge Sir John Sankey. The commission inquired into many aspects of the coal industry, including health, safety, costs, profits, hours of work and conditions of employment generally. It considered alternative methods for the future conduct of the industry, as, for instance, the existing system of private ownership and control, nationalization, and, as an alternative to nationalization, a system of aggregation of colliery interests and co-partnership.