§ 72. Mr. Brooks
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of fatal and non-fatal accidents in the mining industry during this year in each district and the comparative figures for 1942 and 1938?
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Mr. Tom Smith)
As the answer involves a tabular statement, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
|ACCIDENTS AT MINES UNDER THE COAL MINES ACT|
|(Excluding the Stratified Ironstone Mines in Cleveland, Lincolnshire and Northampton).|
|No. of Persons killed.||No. of Persons seriously injured.*||No. of Persons disabled for more than 3 days.||No. of Persons killed.||No. of Persons seriously injured.*||No. of Persons disabled for more than 3 days.|
|Northumberland||…||44||178||7,348||31||110||Not yet available.|
|Lancashire and Cheshire||…||55||200||8,931||60||165|
|South Staffordshire and Worcestershire||…||9||17||727||9||14|
|Forest of Dean||…||4||21||571||5||19|
|South Wales and Monmouth-shire||…||154||578||25,564||149||543|
|Fife and Clackmannan||…||27||89||2,851||27||65|
|Lothians (Mid. & East)||…||15||73||1,789||15||50|
|Ayrshire and Dumfries||…||27||68||1,754||14||45|
|* Injuries which, because of their nature or severity are, under the terms of Section 80 of the Coal Mines Act,1911 required to be reported to His Majesty's Divisional Inspectors at the time of their occurrence.|
§ Mr. Foster
Can the Parliamentary Secretary say whether there has been an increase in the number of accidents or a decrease in the period mentioned in the Question asked by my hon. Friend?
§ Mr. Smith
I have had two complete years got out—last year and 1938—and the figures are somewhat similar. If you take the figures for this year and compare them with the figures for the same period of last year, there is a decrease. If my hon. Friend has any particular period in mind, I shall be glad to get out the figures for him.
§ The statement as follows: