§ MR. J. E. ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the case mentioned by him on May 10 as throwing doubt on the application of Clause 12 of "The Coal Mines, &c. Regulation Act, 1887," has yet been decided; and, whether he now holds that the Weighing Clause of that Act is universally and unconditionally opera- 1828 tive, except as specified in that Act itself?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
No, Sir; the special case has not yet been decided. It has been drafted, and is now being settled by Treasury counsel, and will then be submitted to the other side. It will, I presume, be argued in November. Subject to the decision in this case, my answer to the second paragraph is in the affirmative.