HC Deb 04 August 1890 vol 347 c1733

I had intended to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the complaints of the Lanarkshire miners, that they have no place to prepare their cartridges, cartridges being the only form in which they are permitted by the Coal Mines Regulation Act to take gunpowder into the mines; and whether, since the preparation of the cartridges in their own houses is attended with great danger, even when compressed gunpowder is used, which is expensive, and not always made up in suitable quantities, he will consider the expediency of legislation to amend the general rules of the Act, and make it compulsory on colliery owners to provide magazines in which the miners can make their cartridges? At the request of the right hon. Gentleman, I beg to postpone the question until Thursday.