HC Deb 30 June 1954 vol 529 cc1387-8

(1) Subject to any exceptions for which provision may be made by regulations, the manager of a mine shall not permit vehicles (not being vehicles moved by hand) to run in any length of road in the mine unless there are provided in that length of road (except in so much, if any, of it as is within seventy-five feet of a working face served by it), at intervals not less than such as may be prescribed and in the prescribed positions, refuge holes the dimensions of each of which are not less than such as may be prescribed and each of which complies with such other requirements as may be prescribed.

(2) Every refuge hole for the time being provided in a length of road in a mine for the purpose of enabling the manager of the mine, without contravention of the foregoing subsection, to permit vehicles to run in that length of road shall be kept free from obstruction.

(3) In this section the expression "working face" does not include a place in a road at which ripping or work of repair is in progress.—[Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

This also gives effect to an undertaking which I gave in Committee—an undertaking that we should state in the Bill what we knew we wanted, namely, that there should be the provision of refuge holes.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.