HC Deb 06 May 1881 vol 260 cc1955-6

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, considering the great need there is (in order to lessen the sacrifice of life) for diminishing the risks to those engaged in and carrying on the coal, iron, and other mining industries, by obtaining all possible information bearing upon the scientific improvement in mining in all its branches from all mining Countries, as well as our Colonies, Whether he will direct the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to instruct our Embassies, Legations, and Consuls to Countries where mining operations are prosecuted, to embody in their Trade Reports any valuable improvements, and the cause or causes of explosions and other mining disasters, where such may have been ascertained, which may occur in the various Countries where they are situated, so that full and reliable knowledge may be obtained in furtherance of this object?


Sir, Earl Granville is willing to comply with my hon. Friend's request, and has given instructions that the information for which he asks respecting mines abroad shall be given in the Reports furnished annually by Her Majesty's Secretaries of Embassy and Legations and Consuls.