HC Deb 23 July 1935 vol 304 cc1637-8

asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to the increasing lengths of coal faces that are machine holed and cut; and, in view of the distance between the outlets or gateways, whether he will consider laying down a maximum distance between the gateways so as to ensure a reasonable prospect of the workers on the coal face getting to safety should danger arise through the roof breaking down?


I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my predecssor gave him in answer to a similar question on 2nd April last.


I would like the Minister to take an interest in this matter. Is he aware that there has been an alteration of from about 25 yards to about 300 yards apart? Will he in his new policy pay attention to this matter and try to get a maximum distance fixed by law?


In view of the enormous distances now under machine mining as compared with the old hand mining, is it not time to make an inquiry so as to lay down any new regulations that may be necessary for this kind of work?


All that is dealt with in the reply to which I have referred. The Secretary for Mines may change, but the facts do not change.