§ Mr. HOPKIN
asked the Secretary for Mines what methods are employed in driving hard headings in the anthracite district of South Wales; what means of protection is afforded the men against the dust; and whether silicosis is increasing in this district?
§ Mr. TURNER
The danger of silicosis in work of this character arises from the use of percussive drills in sandstone or other highly silicious rock; and under these conditions protection against the dust is afforded by the compulsory use of water or of a mechanical dust trap. I have no reason to think that silicosis is increasing in the anthracite district, and hope, on the contrary, that these preventive measures will check it.