§ MR. COGHILL (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he is prepared to adopt the recommendations of the Royal Commission for the Prevention of Accidents in Mines, with regard to the prohibition of the use of gunpowder in fiery or dusty mines, and the substitution of other explosives in properly protected cartridges; and, whether the Coal Mines Regulation Bill is likely to be reached this Session?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
The recommendations of the Royal Commission have been carefully considered, and the Bill imposes special restrictions on blasting in fiery mines and dusty mines, and in certain cases in which gunpowder is prohibited allows the use of high explosives, with water or the like appliances. The Bill will be circulated at once, and I still hope it will be passed this Session.