HC Deb 28 February 1896 vol 37 cc1385-6
MR. DAVID THOMAS (Merthyr Tydvil)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his attention has been called to the verdict of the coroner's jury in the case of the Tylorstown explosion, in which the jury expressed their surprise that Her Majesty's inspectors had not made a thorough and systematic inspection of No. 8 Pit during the past 15 months, and recommended that practical working men be appointed as assistant inspectors of mines; whether he will take steps to ascertain from his predecessor the nature of the undertaking given by him last year to appoint such inspectors; and, how far he proposes to meet the recommendation of the coroner's jury?


My attention has been called to the verdict of the jury as reported in the newspapers. Full reports will be received in due course from the inspector for the district and the counsel who has represented the Home Office at the inquest, and, with the verdict of the jury, will be most carefully considered by me. With regard to the appointment of working-men inspectors, I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member a week ago. In that answer I quoted the undertaking in the matter which my predecessor gave. It appears to me to be sufficiently clear.

MR. C. FENWICK (Northumberland, Wansbeck)

Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake to issue to Members of this House the evidence that was taken at the Inquiry?


Certainly, Sir. The Report will be issued in due course in the usual way.