§ Mr. D. GRENFELL
asked the Secretary for Mines the number of reports of the presence of inflammable gas sent to his Department by His Majesty's Inspector of Mines; and whether he is given regular information on the general state of ventilation in mines?
§ Dr. BURGIN
Reports of inspections of ventilating arrangements are made daily to each of the divisional inspectors and, in general, any necessary action is taken by him forthwith without reference to headquarters. The divisional inspectors, in the exercise of their discretion, report to my hon. Friend's Department cases of special importance, or those where the question of prosecution arises. Each of the divisional inspectors deals with the subject of ventilation in his published annual report, and all of them are in close touch with the Department through the chief inspector.