HC Deb 19 April 1883 vol 278 cc612-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is true that he has sanctioned an alteration in the special rules of the Barrow Hematite Collieries, Yorkshire, so that in future men may descend the pit in one cage while others are ascending in the other; whether he is aware that the miners strongly object to this change, believing that it is attended with increased dangers; and, whether, in case of accident resultiug from this change, the workmen will be deprived of compensation under sub-section 2 of section 2 of the Employers' Liability Act, which relieves an employer of liability for accidents caused by the defect or impropriety in a rule or bye-law, provided such rule or bye-law has been approved or accepted by one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State?


The alteration in the rule was made in consequence of the Report of the Inspector. It has been considered that the alteration is more advantageous than the other arrangement; but I shall be very happy to communicate with my hon. Friend, and to have the whole matter reconsidered.