HC Deb 25 February 1991 vol 186 c367W
Mr. Alison

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the annual average number of fatalities and major injuries in British Coal's mines in 1969–70, 1979–80 and 1989–90.

Mr. Forth

The information requested is as follows:

British Coal Corporation's mines
Year Average number of fatalities Average number of major injuries
1969–70 96 677
1979–80 44 493
1989–901 15 580
1 Figures for 1989 and 1990 are provisional. Statutory changes in the recording of serious and major injury reporting took place in 1981 and 1986, both widening the scope of reportable injuries. As a result of these changes, accidents recorded after 1986 are not comparable with earlier years.