HC Deb 13 June 1921 vol 143 cc15-6
21. Mr. R. McLAREN

asked the Secretary for Mines if representations have been made to him to compel mine officials above the rank of deputies or firemen and below the rank of first-class certificated managers to have a second-class certificate; and, if so, will he consult the Institution of Mining Engineers before coming to a decision on the matter?


The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I shall be glad to consider the suggestion made in the second part.


Is the right hon. Member aware that if he carries this into effect he will compel a large number of men to be deprived of employment, and that these men are good, practical men; and does he mean to suggest that men getting a certificate are better than practical men, even if they have no certificate?


All I suggest is that I should like to consult, as my hon. Friend desires, the Institute of Mining Engineers, and if what he says is correct, no doubt that will be taken into consideration?

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