HC Deb 10 December 1934 vol 296 cc31-2

asked the Secretary for Mines to what extent the powers of Section 16 of the Coal Mines Act, 1911, in reference to the periodical inspections of mines on behalf of the workmen, have been exercised during the past three years; and whether, in the interest of safety in the working of coal mines, he will take steps to urge upon employers and workmen the advantage of adopting the procedure laid down by the above-mentioned Section?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Ernest Brown)

The number of inspections made on behalf of workmen under Section 16 of the Coal Mines Act, 1911, was 3,193 in 1931, 2,902 in 1932 and 2,880 in 1933. Approximately 90 per cent. of these inspections in each year were made in the coalfields of Durham, Northumberland and South Wales. Efforts are frequently made to emphasise the undoubted desirability of a much wider exercise of the workmen's rights under this Section, and I am glad to have this opportunity of expressing that view again.


Could the hon. Gentleman say in how many separate pits this has been done?


If the hon. Member will put that question down, I will try to get him the number.


Will the Secretary for Mines communicate with the miners in other areas as to the advisability of their availing themselves of these facilities?


I have more than once expressed that view in various parts of this country and in this House.