§ Mr. Forth
I note with regret the death on 11 October of Mr. Lewis a 44-year-old colliery faceworker at the Glen colliery licensed mine in South Wales.
The incident resulted from a fall of a roof while the deceased was working in a narrow seam. Two inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive's mines inspectorate were immediately sent to the mine where they carried out a full investigation. Their report, together with any recommendations is being considered by HM Chief Inspector of Mines.
Licensed coal mines in the Neath constituency are included in a systematic inspection programme drawn up 398W by the Inspector in charge of the district weighted in line with local circumstances and knowledge. All working licensed coal mines are inspected at least once per year, usually more frequently.
Operating licensed mines in south Wales which includes those in the Neath constituency are visited by the Health and Safety Executive's mines inspectorate at least once each year and usually more frequently.
§ Mr. Forth
The available information, which relates to British Coal employees only, is as follows:
Year Ratio of MIs per British Coal employees 1979 n.a. 1980 n.a. 1981 0.05 1982 0.05 1983 0.06 1984 0.06 1985 0.08 1986 0.08 1987 0.12 1988 0.13 1989 0.22 1990 0.37
Reliable information about the number of employees at private licensed mines is not available.