asked the Secretary for Mines the number of persons employed in and about the Scottish coal mines during the first three months of the present year, distinguishing between those employed above and below ground and the numbers employed in the same months of the years 1919, 1920, and 1921?
The average number of wage-earners employed in and about Scottish coal mines during the first three months of the year 1922 was 25,100 above ground and 100,900 below ground. Corresponding figures for the year 1919 were '27,100 and 103,600, for the year 1920, 30,600 and 112,200; and for the year 1921, 30,100 and 120,500.
During the first three months of the year 1922, 41 persons were reported as killed, and 161 as seriously injured by accidents in and about mines and quarries in Scotland. Particulars are not available of the number of persons who sustained minor injuries. Corresponding figures for the year 1919 were, 50 killed and 180 injured; for the year 1920, 49 killed and 157 injured, and for the year 1921, 37 killed and 151 injured.