HC Deb 15 May 1934 vol 289 cc1598-9
10. Mr. TINKER

asked the Secretary for Mines if, when the inspectors make a report of accidents that have taken place, they state the circumstances arising, and if any of them are caused through insufficient examination and care on the part of the management?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Ernest Brown)

The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes." There are, unhappily, many accidents that occur through lack of care, sometimes on the part of the management and sometimes on the part of officials or workmen, both in making examinations and in other matters.


May I ask whether, when inspectors make a report pointing out where an accident might have been avoided, more attention is paid to what the employers and management side say than to representatives from the employés?


The hon. Member's statement is inaccurate. All reports, whether they affect one side or the other, are examined with the most scrupulous care, and the necessary action called for is always taken.


May I ask whether the inspectors differentiate in cases where an accident occurs on the machine face or elsewhere?


I should like to have notice of that question, as I should want to give a considered answer.