MR. CARVELL WILLIAMS) (Notts, Mansfield
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the provision of "The Metalliferous Mines Act, 1872," that not more than 4 lbs. of explosives shall be taken into a mine by a workman, packets of 5 lbs. have, for convenience, been permitted; but that, recently, Her Majesty's Inspector has insisted on a strict observance of the provision of the Act; whether, as explosives are put up in boxes containing 10 packets of 5 lbs. each, he will take advice whether it is safer, as well as more convenient, to allow such packets to be used than to break bulk and re-weigh the contents; whether 5 lb. packets are permitted by "The Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1872"; whether he is aware that Mr. Dickinson, the late Inspector of Mines, expressed the opinion that the use of 5 lb. packages was safer than that of 4 lb. packages; and whether, in view of all the facts of the case, the permission to use 5lb. packages may be continued in metalliferous mines?
§ MR. ASQUITH
Five pound packets are permitted by the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1872. Mr. Dickinson, the late Inspector of Mines, expressed the opinion that the use of 5 lb. packages was safer than that of 4 lb. packages. Neither I nor the Inspector has power to give permission for the use of 5 lb. packets in metalliferous mines; but I will consider whether legislation on the point is not desirable.