HC Deb 22 February 1954 vol 524 c3
4. Mr. John Hall

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what changes he pro poses to make in the general regulations covering the use of horses in coal mines.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

None, Sir.

Mr. Hall

Is the Minister satisfied that the present Regulations ensure the best working and living conditions for the horses and ponies now employed in the mines?

Mr. Lloyd

Yes, Sir, I think so. This matter was revised as recently as1949 after consultation with the animal protection societies.

Captain Orr

Can my right hon. Friend say how many ponies are now employed in the mines?

Mr. Lloyd

About 15,000—about half the pre-war number.