HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 cc464-5W
Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will make a statement indicating to what extent the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Safety in Mines will be implemented by the issue of regulations and by administrative changes; and whether he can further indicate when those steps will be taken?

Mr. Lloyd

The recommendations of the Royal Commission are, to use the words of the Commission itself, a coherent system, and their application depends basically on extensive legislation which to my deep regret is necessarily in abeyance because of the war. Increasing attention has to be given to the special problems of safety which are being created or intensified owing to the war; as for example, the safe use at the working faces of other supports in place of much of the imported timber ordinarily used. My Department is in close and frequent consultation with the two sides of the industry in regard to these war problems of safety and in these discussions the recommendations of the Royal Commission will continue to be fully borne in mind with a view to making as much progress as possible in the prevailing circumstances.