HC Deb 28 July 1896 vol 43 cc823-4
MR. THOMAS ELLIS (Merionethshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he can state how many open quarries employing more than 100 men have adopted the code of special rules drawn up by the Departmental Committee appointed to inquire into the working of open quarries, and how many have refused or neglected to adopt the code?


I cannot give the hon. Member these numbers, but I may say that the special rules have already been established in 738 quarries, and that this figure includes all, or nearly all, the large quarries in several districts. In other of the districts, arrangements for the adoption of the rules by the owners of the larger quarries are now far advanced, and I have good reason to hope that by the efforts of the Inspectors, whose attention I recently called to the matter, the model code of special rules may shortly be established in all quarries in the country where the operations are on a large scale, or where the conditions of work are dangerous.