HC Deb 30 July 1941 vol 373 cc1409-10
Mr. Collindridge

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has any information about the accident which occurred at Crigglestone Colliery?

The Secretary for Mines (Mr. David Grenfell)

I regret having to state that an explosion took place at about 6.30 p.m. yesterday, 29th July, in the Top Haigh Moor seam at Crigglestone Colliery. Over 20 persons are believed to be dead and a number injured. About 30 persons were known to be in the area of the explosion, but full details are not yet available. I feel sure the House will join in expressing sympathy with the bereaved and injured.

Mr. Collindridge

May we assume that the Mines Department are rendering all assistance to this colliery and seeking all information regarding the cause of this explosion?

Mr. Grenfell

Yes, Sir. I have received preliminary reports from the inspectors, but full details are not yet available. Perhaps I shall be able to give the House more information at an early date.

Mr. James Griffiths

May I ask whether my hon. Friend does not share our concern—I am sure that he does—that explosions are becoming far too frequent? Can we have an assurance that he will closely inquire into the causes?

Mr. Grenfell

Yes, Sir. I am very sorry that we have had five explosions since 3rd June. Some of them have happened under the most extraordinary circumstances—in one case ignition took place on the surface. These circumstances require the fullest investigation, and a special investigation is to take place in regard to two of these occurrences.

Mr. Griffiths

Will the report be made public?

Mr. Grenfell

Yes, Sir, I hope so.