§ Mr. HAYWARD
asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the fact that a serious explosion occurred at the Auckland Park colliery, near Bishop Auckland, county Durham, on Sunday, the 29th October last, which, though no loss of life resulted owing to the seams being empty at the time, yet caused very considerable damage; what was the cause of the explosion, if the same has been ascertained; and, if not, whether he will cause an inquiry to be held at which representatives of the workmen will be at liberty to attend and assist in the investigation?
§ Mr. McKENNA
I have received reports on this explosion. Investigations into its cause are proceeding, but, owing to a very large fall, it is not expected that they can be completed for some little time. When I receive the inspector's report on the result of his investigations, I shall be in a position to decide whether or not it will be desirable to direct a formal inquiry to be held.