HC Deb 07 July 1937 vol 326 cc350-1
59. Mr. Thorne

asked the Home Secretary whether he can give the House any information in connection with an explosion at the works of the Thorncliff Coal Distillation Company, on Sunday last, at Ecclesfield, near Sheffield, where one man was killed and two injured; what was the cause of the explosion; and will he give any other information about the matter?

Sir S. Hoare

I have received a preliminary report on this accident which caused the death of one man and injuries, not I understand serious, to two others. The explosion occurred in the exhauster attached to a coke-oven plant, but it has not yet been possible, because of the fire which followed, to dismantle the plant, and until that is done no definite opinion can be formed as to the cause of the explosion.