§ SIR HENRY ROSCOE(for Mr. LEAKE) (Lancashire, S.E., Radcliffe)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he can give any indication of the character of the credentials which ought to be tendered to satisfy a Coroner holding an inquest on the body of a person whose death may have been caused by an explosion or accident in a mine, that the person tendering such credentials has, in accordance with Clause 48, Section 8, of "The Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1887," been appointed by the order in writing of the majority of the workmen employed in the mine where the fatality occurred?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. STUART-WORTLEY) (Sheffield, Hallam)
(who replied) said: If the order in writing appointing a representative to attend an inquest on the body of a person whose death may have been caused by an explosion or accident in a mine is signed by a majority of the workmen, that would, I apprehend, be a sufficient credential to satisfy the Coroner under Section 8 of Clause 48 of the Act of 1887; or the majority of the workmen may authorize any person to reduce to writing on their behalf the order of appointment in which they have concurred. This section will, I trust, be construed by Coroners liberally, and without unnecessary technicalities.