§ Mr. Stansfield
wished to ask a question of the right hon. Baronet the Secretary for the Home Department, relative to the second report of the Mines and Collieries Commissioners. The commission bore date the 20th of October, 1840; and their first report was dated the 21st of April, 1842. In that report they said that they had given a faithful account of the state of the children and young persons in mines and collieries as to their bodily condition, but the effect of the system on their morals would be best collected from their next report. Now, what he wished to know was, when that report would be ready?
§ Sir J. Graham
said, as the hon. Gentleman had informed him of his intention to put this question to him to-day, he deemed it right to make a communication to the commissioners on the subject, to which he had not yet received an answer. He had, however, received a verbal communication, stating that the report was in progress; but he was not able to say whether it would or would not be ready before the end of the Session.