HC Deb 22 June 1943 vol 390 cc1012-3
Lord Dunglass

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister for Fuel and Power whether he has any information respecting the accident which occurred at Kennox No. 7 Colliery, Lanarkshire, on Saturday, 30th May, when three men lost their lives?

Major Lloyd George

An inrush of water occurred at Kennox No. 7 Colliery, Lanarkshire, on 30th May, and of the 12 men who were working in the district affected, nine escaped but three were cut off. Pumps were got to work as speedily as possible, and as soon as the water had been lowered sufficiently rescue operations were started, but these were impeded and delayed by heavy falls and much black damp and had to be abandoned. The bodies of the three men were recovered on 20th June. The Inspectors of Mines have already started to make the fullest investigation possible, both into the cause of this accident and to see what precautions can be taken to guard against any similar accident in the future. Meanwhile, I am sure the House will wish me to express its admiration of the gallant attempts at rescue and its sympathy with the relatives and friends of the men who have lost their lives.