HC Deb 03 February 1966 vol 723 cc1289-90
Mr. David Griffiths

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Power if he will make a statement as to the latest position on the accident which occurred at Silverwood Colliery, Yorkshire.

The Minister of Power (Mr. Frederick Lee)

I regret to have to inform the House that at eight o'clock this morning there was an accident at Silverwood Colliery, near Rotherham, involving an underground man-riding train. As a result nine men were killed and one seriously injured.

Investigations are proceeding and I am awaiting a further report from H.M. Divisional Inspector of Mines.

I should like to express my deep sympathy to the relatives and friends of the men who have been killed or injured.

Mr. Griffiths

May I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, and add my condolences to the bereaved families of these unfortunate men.

This is another example of the price which has to be paid for coal. It should be thoroughly understood by hon. Members on both sides that, regardless of the safety precautions which are put on the Statute Book, the fact remains that this is the most dangerous and arduous occupation in the whole word.

Mr. Peyton

I should like to associate this side of the House with the expression of sympathy by the right hon. Gentleman to the relatives of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident, and, of course, also to those who were injured.