HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 c274W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether all coal mines in Great Britain now have a piped or natural supply of water fit for drinking by the men and ponies employed therein.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

At the great majority of mines there is a piped supply of drinking water at the surface and proper facilities for filling water-bottles. There are some isolated and small mines where there is no piped supply but adequate alternative arrangements are often available. In regard to horses, the law requires that a sufficient supply of pure water, protected from contamination from dust and other deleterious substances, shall be provided daily underground for every horse while in the stables and while at work. I have no reason to think that this is not being generally observed.