HC Deb 27 June 1955 vol 543 cc19-20
25. Mr. B. Taylor

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of Her Majesty's Inspectors for Mines in the East Midlands Division; and to what extent the number of inspectors in the division is below establishment.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

Sixteen and five, respectively.

Mr. Taylor

What steps is the Minister taking to remedy this very unsatisfactory situation and to bring the number of inspectors up to proper establishment?

Mr. Lloyd

We have recently increased the salaries of the inspectorate and are taking other steps. I am rather concerned at the increase of accidents in the East Midlands Division, and I am making special inquiries into that matter.

Mr. Pickthorn

Can my right hon. Friend tell us at what date he began to be aware of this very tragic increase in fatalities during recent months?

Mr. Lloyd

I was assisted in that matter by a letter from my hon. Friend, as well as by the Question.

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