§ 17. Mr. ELLIS SMITH
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will consider including some improvements in the miners' conditions when he introduces the next coal mines legislation, such as a pension scheme, shorter hours, and safety regulations?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Captain Crookshank)
As regards pensions, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to a question by the hon. Member for Barnsley (Mr. Potts) on 27th May, of which I am sending him a copy. As to the hours of work, I would remind him that His Majesty's Government have 1851 declared their readiness to ratify the Geneva Convention of 1931 as soon as the other six countries named in the text of the Convention are prepared to do so simultaneously. With regard to health and safety, the hon. Member is no doubt aware that a Royal Commission is at present considering these questions, and it would not be proper for me to attempt to anticipate their conclusions.
|Numbers of machines in use below ground in North Staffordshire during the years 1925 and 1930 to 1935.|
|Year.||Coal-cutting machines.||Mechanical conveyors.||Loaders.||Pneumatic picks.||Drills for boring shotholes.|
|At coal face.||Else-where.||For coal getting.||For ripping, etc.|