HC Deb 10 May 1923 vol 163 c2613W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether the junior inspectors about to be appointed are to be horse inspectors in addition to their other duties; and will he consider the appointment of additional inspectors for this specific purpose, seeing that there are only eight for 3,000 mines?

Lieut.-Colonel LANE-FOX

Yes, Sir. The work of inspection of pit ponies forms part of the duty of all junior inspectors of mines. I am quite ready to consider any evidence of need for the appointment of additional inspectors to devote their whole time to this work; my information at present does not support the view that the inspection of horses at the 1,699 mines where they are used is insufficient or ineffective.

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