§ Mr. R. McLAREN
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the mines and quarries in the Irish Free State are working under the Provisions of The Coal Mines Act, 1911, The Ministry of Mines Act, 1920, and The Metalliferous Mines Act, 1872, as applied to metalliferous mines and quarries; and, if not, will he see that the Provisional Government make some arrangement to have the said Acts enforced until the Free State Government has passed Acts for the safe working of mines and quarries within the State?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As soon as the Irish Free State1996W (Agreement) Bill has become law, the powers and machinery provided by these, as by other Acts, will be transferred to the Provisional Government, under the provisions of Clause 1 (2) of the Bill.