HC Deb 05 August 1943 vol 391 cc2460-1
64. Mr. E. P. Smith

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that boys of 14 years of age are working in the Cornish tin mines under very unsatisfactory conditions, pushing trucks which could be mechanically propelled; and whether he will take action to put an end to this practice?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Mr. Tom Smith)

My present information is that no boys of this age are employed underground in these mines and that those working on the surface are not engaged in pushing trucks, but I am making further inquiries and will, if necessary, communicate with my hon. Friend.

Mr. E. P. Smith

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that work that is being done at the bottom of these pits could equally well and perhaps better be done on the surface, and if I bring items to his notice will he give them his consideration?

Mr. T. Smith

I shall be very pleased to have the information, and I will certainly look into it.

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