§ 61. Mr. RILEY (for Mr. PALING)
asked the Secretary for Mines how many 2027 accidents due to broken winding ropes have occurred at collieries in Great Britain during the last 10 years; how many persons were injured in such accidents; and in how many cases did the injuries prove fatal?
§ Sir H. BARNSTON
I have been asked to reply. The recent accident at the Old Hemmingfield Pumping Shaft is the only fatal accident from this cause since the beginning of 1916. As regards non-fatal accidents, returns were not collected during the War years 1916, 1917 and 1918: from 1919 to 1924 inclusive there were nine accidents causing injury to 21 persons: the figures for 1925 are not yet available.
§ Mr. SEXTON
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in Lancashire particularly there are at least three cases where apparatus is in use which has prevented accidents, and which has been tested to carry 10 tons. Will he make inquiries as to these machines with a view to the prevention of accidents in future?