§ 12. Mr. J. Griffiths
asked the Secretary for Mines the maximum age at which per sons can now be appointed as inspectors of mines and what period of practical experience of coal-mining is required; and whether he is satisfied that these conditions secure the appointment of persons with full practical experience of coal mining?
§ Mr. Lloyd
The maximum age for the appointment of junior inspectors is 35, and for sub-inspectors 40. At least five years practical experience underground is required of candidates, including—in the case of junior inspectors—recent employment for two years as manager or under-manager or in some other responsible capacity requiring regular attendance underground. The present requirements as to practical experience were endorsed by the Royal Commission on Safety in Coal Mines except for a reservation by one member, and I am advised that they are sufficient.