HC Deb 06 July 1937 vol 326 c157
15. Mr. Rowlands

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has completed his examination of the case for appointing additional inspectors; and whether he has any statement to make?

Captain Crookshank

Yes, Sir, I have now decided, after consultation with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to supplement the action already taken on the reports of the Statutory Court of Inquiry into the Gresford Colliery disaster by creating 16 additional posts in the Mines Inspectorate for the purpose, more particularly, of increasing the amount of inspection on the afternoon and night shifts. I should, perhaps, add that this is an interim measure, which will in no way prejudice consideration of any conclusions reached by the Royal Commission on Safety in Coal Mines which is now sitting.

Mr. Hall

When are these appointments likely to be made?

Captain Crookshank

I think the usual steps for the selection of candidates are already being taken.