§ Mr. DAGGAR
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that an examination of the Cwmtillery Colliery, Abertillery, was conducted by the workmen's examiners, and as a result a request was made to the inspectorate to hold an inquiry into the charges made by them; that this was done, an inspector remaining at the colliery for six days, from 4th November to 9th November, inclusive, who afterwards submitted a Report to his Department, and that a copy of the Report has been asked for by the workmen and has been refused; and whether he will authorise the despatch of a copy of the inspector's Report so as to remove any doubt that may exist amongst the workmen as to the safety of the mine, and that the colliery is managed in accordance with the Coal Mines Act and its regulations?
§ Mr. TURNER
The Reports of His Majesty's Inspectors of Mines are confidential and I cannot disclose them. I can say, however, that the inspector's Reports in this case, though in a different form from those of the two workmen's examiners, who accompanied him throughout all the inspections, are to the same effect, and that they disclose no cause for anxiety on the part of the persons employed at the colliery.