§ 61. Mr. LAWSON
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has now received the report on the accident in a shaft in Felton Fell, Durham, whereby three men lost their lives on 28th June; and whether he has decided to hold an official inquiry?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Isaac Foot)
I have received a full report on this accident from the Divisional Inspector of Mines and a full report of the inquest proceedings. The facts, I believe, have now been fully ascertained, and I do not think a further public inquiry would produce any further information. I am considering carefully what further action it may be my duty to take on the reports before me.
§ Mr. LAWSON
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that three men lost their lives in this accident, and that at the inquest it was stated that the regular shaft was not being used, but another, for the sake of economy? Also, that there is very grave misgivings in the district, especially as there has been another shaft accident?
§ Mr. LAWSON
Will the hon. Gentleman give this matter very serious consideration, in order that a repetition of these circumstances may be prevented?
§ Mr. G. NICHOLSON
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are many rumours going about in the neighbourhood which a public inquiry would help to set at rest?