HC Deb 11 July 1923 vol 166 cc1369-70W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether his Department has had under consideration the necessity for the more extensive use of mechanical contrivances for the prevention of accidents through the breaking of ropes to which pit cages are attached; whether in that respect the attention of his Department has been directed to the safety grip for mine cages invented by Mr. E. R. Evans, Nythfa, 19, Wood Street, Bargoed: and, if this be deemed satisfactory, whether his inspectors will bring it to the notice of those responsible for the safety of miners in their employ?

Lieut.-Colonel LANE-FOX

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Doncaster (Mr. Paling) on 26th March. The invention referred to has been considered by my technical advisers, but, as the inventor was informed in April last, it is not one in respect of which I can usefully take any action.