HC Deb 27 March 1906 vol 154 cc1049-50
MR. YOXALL (Nottingham, W.)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inquire whether the Westphalian Mining Corps, which rendered aid at the Courriéres disaster, consisted of miners, or of persons not themselves miners, but specially trained as a life-saving corps for service in mining accidents; and if he will consider the propriety and the means of providing a special rescue corps for each large group or district of coal mines in Great Britain.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) As I stated in reply to Questions on the subject last week, the question of the provision of facilities for rescue work in case of accidents in mines is to be referred to the Royal Commission on Mining, who will no doubt make full inquiry into the system adopted in Westphalia.