HC Deb 12 March 1923 vol 161 cc1057-8W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether the Safety in Mines Research Board, appointed to direct generally the research work of the Mines Department into the causes of mining dangers, have presented a final Report of their, findings and recommendations; whether it is the intention to publish the recommendations of the Board; and will copies be available for the Members of this House?

Lieut.-Colonel LANE-FOX

The results of the researches organised by the Board and carried out under its direction will be published from time to time, but there can be no finality in research work which has for its object the reduction of the dangers of coal mining, and the Board will, I hope, be a permanent body.


asked the Secretary for Mines what is the amount spent by his Department for the years 1921 and 1922 in connection with research as to increased safety in mines?

Lieut.-Colonel LANE-FOX

The expenditure of the Mines Department on research work in connection with safety in mines was £5,137 for the calendar year 1921 and £8,357 for the calendar year 1922. The latter figure includes about £4,000 provided by the Miners' Welfare Committee, and in the current year a very much larger sum will be available from this source.