§ 19. Mr. TINKER
asked the Secretary for Mines if he has seen the result of the coroner's inquest held on the five persons who were killed at the Plank Lane colliery explosion on 30th April; and if it is his intention to hold an inquiry under Section 83 of the Mines Act of 1911?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I have received a full report of the proceedings at the inquest, and I am advised that a further public inquiry would not be likely to add materially to the results of the very thorough investigations which have already been made. But I am quite ready to consider any reasoned representations that may be made to me on that point.
§ Mr. TINKER
The hon. Gentleman says he has seen the report. I have seen a newspaper report, and it says thatthe explosion was caused by shot-firing setting alight gas ordinarily present but which was undetected.Surely that is sufficient to warrant the hon. Gentleman having an inquiry?
§ Mr. DAVID GRENFELL
If there is to be no inquiry, and no published report of such inquiry, how are hon. Members who are interested to know what happened?
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Is the Minister satisfied that every possible precaution is taken to avoid these terrible disasters which are happening too frequently to-day?