HC Deb 05 March 1866 vol 181 cc1497-8

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to the case of a girl, twelve years of age, crushed to death in a colliery near Wigan, and to the evidence given at the inquest; and, whether the girl was employed contrary to the provisions of the Act for the Regulation of Employment in Mines?


said, in reply, that his attention had been called to the matter by a private communication from Lord Shaftesbury. He had received a Report of the case from Mr. Higson, the Government Inspector. In his opinion the girl had not been employed contrary to the provisions of the Statute; but the employment of a child of such tender years was very reprehensible. If the hon. Member would move for it, Mr. Higson's Report should be laid on the table.