HC Deb 24 June 1937 vol 325 c1398W
Mr. Cape

asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware that the nearest place to the Cumberland coalfield where an inspector of mines is situated is Newcastle-on-Tyne; and can he say if the Department is prepared to place a resident junior inspector in the Cumberland coalfield, as has been the custom in the past?

Captain Crookshank

Yes, Sir, the present arrangements for the inspection of mines in Cumberland were made at the end of 1935, when the employment of a resident inspector could no longer be justified because of the large and progressive decline in mining operations there; but of recent months there has been some recovery, and I hope the position will soon be such as to justify the re-employment of a resident inspector.