Fifty-nine such inspections were made in Nottinghamshire during the year ended 28th June last.
§ Mr. T. SMITH
Is the Secretary for Mines satisfied that men have the liberty of action in this coalfield to carry out Section 16; and is he aware that in many collieries they are afraid to work Section 16 because they are afraid of victimisation?
Workmen's inspectors are not required to be appointed by ballot, nor are the appointments required to be reported to the divisional inspector. In these circumstances I regret that I am unable to give the information asked for.
During the 12 months ended 28th June the number of mines in Nottinghamshire at which in- 1695 spections were made by workmen's inspectors was 22. There were 24 other mines at work in the county in which no such inspections were made. I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names of those inspected.
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
Will the Minister make inquiries as to whether intimidation is the deciding factor for or against the appointment of inspectors?
§ Mr. PALING
Is not the number of inspections ridiculously small for this coalfield, and, if so, is it not likely that there is some reason for that situation?
If the hon. Gentleman has any representations that he wishes to make to me, I shall be happy to receive them.
§ Following are the names:
§ The following are the names of the collieries in Nottinghamshire at which inspections were made by workmen's inspectors during the year ended 28th June, 1935:
§ Watnall, Brinsley, Selston, Moorgreen, Thoresby, Rufford, Mansfield, Clipstone, Kirkby, Radford, Bulwell, Bestwood, Welbeck, Gedling, Bilsthorpe, Silverhill, Blidworth, Hucknall No. 2, New London, Wollaton, Sherwood, Newstead.