§ MR. CRAWFORD (Lanark, N. E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to complaints from the mining district round Airdrie, alleging that the provisions of Section 21 of the Coal Mines Regulation Act, which requires that daily personal supervision shall be exercised either by the manager or by an under manager, nominated in writing by the owner or agent of the mind, is in many cases habitually neglected; if so, whether he has made inquiry into the complaints, and with what result?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
My attention has been drawn to these complaints, and I have made inquiry. The Inspector reports that the existing arrangements work satisfactorily; but I am not satisfied that in some cases the requirements of the law as to personal supervision are fully observed; and I have it under consideration what further proceedings it may be desirable to take.