§ 3. Mr. TINKER
asked the Secretary for Mines how many inspections have been made this year at the Arley Mine, Parsonage Collieries, Leigh; and will he give the date of the last one and the conditions prevailing, dry and wet bulb temperature readings?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
Four inspections have been made in this seam by His Majesty's Inspectors of Mines during the present year, the latest being on 17th May. On that occasion the temperatures at the face in the deepest part were 104° to 106° dry bulb, 80° to 83° wet bulb. These readings indicate that the air was relatively dry, and its cooling power was found to be good. Efforts are being continued to reduce the temperature of the workings, and work is in progress with a view to improving still further the ventilation at the face.
§ Mr. TINKER
When the inspector makes an examination does he make any inquiries from the management as to the effect which the temperature has on the men where any men have been overcome by the heat and have to be brought out?
§ Mr. TINKER
Is the Minister aware that yesterday a case was heard before the court of referees, in which a man had fainted twice and had to be brought out on both occasions and was once unconscious for two hours; and that the court of referees granted him unemployment pay, which goes to prove that the man was 1514 justified in not working in such conditions?
§ Mr. D. GRENFELL
When they are investigating the effects of higher temperatures in the deep mines, will they also pay special attention to the effect of increased atmospheric pressure on the health of the men?
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
I have a letter here from the secretary of the branch of the Miners' Union, and is it not the case that in this particular mine it is so hot that they cannot get the horses to work right up to the face where this man fainted as a result of the heat?