§ MR. JOHN HOPE (Fife, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will state the total number of coal mines in Scotland and the number of mine inspectors appointed to supervise them; further, will he state in what mining districts the inspectors are residential.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. RITCHIE,) Croydon
The total number of coal mines in Scotland is 495. There are six inspectors, two chief inspectors and four assistants. The country is divided into two mining districts—East and West—with a chief inspector and two assistants attached to each. The inspectors for West Scotland all reside in Glasgow, those for East Scotland in Edinburgh except that one lives in Glasgow for the greater convenience of reaching part of the district.