Mining Accidents (Shot-Firing).

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 15th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Barker Mr George Barker , Abertillery

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asked the Secretary for Mines the number of accidents, fatal and non-fatal, that occurred in the mines of Great Britain during the year 1921 as a result of shot firing; whether safety appliances were used by the shot firers; if so, in how many cases; is he aware that the colliery firemen's association are strongly in favour of using these safety appliances; and will he take steps by legislation, if necessary, to enforce their adoption?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

14 persons were killed and 167 suffered serious injury by accidents arising out of the use of explosives at mines during 1921. As regards the rest of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Rhondda West (Mr. John) on 7th March.

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

Did not the Secretary for Mines promise a deputation that he would consider setting a colliery apart where these tests could be exclusively taken, and what steps have been taken to give effect to that promise?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I am not aware that I made any such promise—

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I should like to consider it. Everything, of course, should be done to ensure that a satisfactory experiment should be made. I am quite ready to take any steps, and I have set up a technical committee to go into the question of safety appliances in general.