HC Deb 04 February 1887 vol 310 c654
MR. PICKARD (York, W. E., Normanton)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he will, on an early date, lay upon the Table of the House an Abstract of the Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Coal and Ironstone Mines for the year 1886?


(who replied) said: There is no Chief Inspector of Mines. No Inspector presents a Report in behalf of the others. The collected Reports of all the Inspectors, under both Coal Mines and Metalliferous Mines Acts, are presented to Parliament in one book in or about the month of April. That publication contains an abstract similar to that for which the hon. Member asks. To present to Parliament such abstract in advance would, therefore, lead to the presentation twice over of the same matter. The abstract is, however, printed in advance, usually about the middle of March. Copies of it are issued to the Mining Press and to some Associations connected with the mining industries. These have not hitherto included any Associations specially representative of working miners. I shall be glad to increase the number of copies to be printed of such abstract with a view to its wider circulation, pending the appearance of the collected Reports, and shall be glad to receive the suggestions of hon. Members specially connected with the mining industry with regard to the enlargement of the list of persons or Associations to whom copies should go.