§ Colonel ROPNER
asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to the high rate of boys killed and seriously injured in the mines of the country, and that this is attributed by his inspector of the northern area to the need for better discipline and greater care on the part of those under whom the boys work; and whether he can take any steps to bring about such improved conditions?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The Mines Department is already giving close attention to the serious incidence of accidents to pit boys, and during the past few years there has been built up in all the principal coalfields an organisation for giving the boys practical help and instruction in matters affecting their safety. I am informed that this work in which men of good will from all sections of the industry are co-operating is being developed and improved.