HC Deb 20 April 1937 vol 322 cc1570-1
26. Mr. James Griffiths

asked the Secretary for Mines the number of collieries at which ignitions of firedamp have taken place in each year since 1920; and what number of collieries at which such ignitions have occurred used coal-cutting and/or conveying machines driven by electrical power?

Captain Crookshank

With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement showing the number of explosions of firedamp and coal dust involving death or personal injury and the number of these attributed to the use of electricity, which I hope will serve his purpose.

Following is the statement:

Explosions of Firedamp or Coal Dust at Mines under the Coal Mines Act.
Year. Number of separate accidents involving death or injury. Number of separate accidents attributed to the use of electricity.
1920 91 1
1921 51 1
1922 82 3
1923 81 4
1924 95 2
1925 82 3
1926 40 1
1927 72 2
1928 48 4
1929 68 2
1930 62 3
1931 49 3
1932 50 1
1933 41 1
1934 47 6
1935 37 3
1936 40 5

27. Mr. Griffiths

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will publish the report of the investigators sent to examine the comparative immunity of the French coal mines from explosion; and whether he will make copies of their report available to the House?

Captain Crookshank

Yes, Sir, as at present advised, and provided the French Government raise no objection.

Mr. Griffiths

Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman propose that members of the Royal Commission shall have a report of this investigation available before they complete their report, or will an opportunity be given to members of the Royal Commission to visit French mines themselves?

Captain Crookshank

The Royal Commission, of course, govern their own procedure, but any information which is at my disposal is at their's also.