HC Deb 29 July 1910 vol 19 c2676W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the importance of the stone quarries in the neighbourhoods of Bath and Portland, he will consider the advisability of adding to the Commission recently appointed to investigate the working of mines and quarries some person intimately acquainted with the various systems of quarrying for stone, and with the particular methods prevailing in the districts named; and whether he will undertake that adequate facilities will be afforded for representatives of the principal Bath stone firms to be heard before the Commission should they so desire?


As I have already stated in reply to previous questions, it would be impossible to comply with requests for special representation on the Commission of different sections of the quarrying industry without making the Commission far too unwieldy for the purposes of its inquiry; but I will bring to the notice of the Commission the desire of the Bath Stone Firms to give evidence before them, and I have no doubt the Commission will be prepared to give them adequate facilities for doing so.