3. Mr. PRICE
asked the Secretary for Mines if he proposes to take any action as a result of the experience gained at the safety-in-mines conferences which have been held in the various coalfields and, if so, the nature of such action?
§ Mr. ISAAC FOOT
The chief object of these large public safety conferences, started by my predecessor, is to promote the spread of knowledge and of personal attention to safety. Emphasis is laid on the necessity for following up the discussions at the conferences by lectures and meetings on a smaller scale in the mining areas. Proposed departmental action is more appropriately discussed with small sub-committees of the Mining Association, the Miners' Federation and other representative bodies of the industry; and there have been recent discussions in relation, for example, to problems of lighting and the safety of electrical shotfiring apparatus.