§ Mr. HAYDN JONES (for Mr. Walter Roch)
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that, on account of the number of accidents in slate quarries, six of the leading insurance companies decline to insure the quarry owners against liability under the Workmen's Compensation Act; and whether, under the circumstances on which the insurance companies' decision are based, he will represent to the Royal Commission on Mines the desirability of an immediate investigation into the working of open quarries?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I have no information to the effect that insurance companies have declined to insure the owners of slate quarries against their liability under the Workmen's Compensation Act. It is reported to me that both the Dinorwic and Penrhyn quarries, the two largest quarries in North Wales, are insured. I understand the Royal Commission have already commenced their inquiry as regards both metalliferous mines and quarries.