HC Deb 12 March 1991 vol 187 c432W
Dr. Kim Howells

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) whether he intends to revise upwards the maximum number of employees allowed to work below ground at licensed coalmines;

(2) what are the maximum permitted numbers of employees to work below ground in a licensed coalmine (a) in any single shift, (b) in any 24-hour period and (c) in any production week.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

The Coal Industry Act 1990 raised the limit on the number of men that could be employed to work underground in a licensed deep mine from 30 to 150. The Government have no plans to raise this limit further.