HC Deb 27 September 1939 vol 351 c1351W
Mr. Leslie

asked the Home Secretary what progress has been made in the elimination of burning pit-heaps in the mining areas?

Sir J. Anderson

Burning pit-heaps are visited frequently by Inspectors of the Ministry of Health and of the Department of Health for Scotland, with a view to ensuring that the measures taken for quenching the fires are adequate. Substantial progress has been made in the mining areas as a whole, and the latest reports show that in England 55 heaps, which were emitting some considerable glare, have been treated and are no longer openly on fire.