HC Deb 09 July 1937 vol 326 cc742-3
Mr. Short

(By Private Notice) asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can make any statement respecting an accident at Bentley Colliery, Doncaster, on 8th July, involving three killed and injury to others.

The Secretary for Mines (Captain Crookshank)

I regret to inform the House that at Bentley Colliery at g p.m. on Wednesday, 7th July, in a working place at the coal face, stripping a fault, the roof collapsed at the fault's side for a distance of 10 yards along the face and buried three repairers. Colliers working in the vicinity had narrow escapes, one being struck by the fall and bruised. Rescue operations were immediately commenced. One man who was alive when first found was buried by a subsequent fall and his body was not recovered until 5.30 a.m. yesterday. The two other men had been killed instantly; their bodies were recovered at 11 a.m.

The House will join with me in expressing our deep sympathy with the families of those who have lost their lives.

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