Certificates of Competency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 23rd May 1922.

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Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

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asked the Secretary for Mines whether a circular was issued from the Mines Department in August, 1921, to all the collieries in Great Britain, asking for a return showing the numbers of men employed at each colliery who, at that time, were in possession of first or second class certificates of competency, but were employed on work other than that of a supervisory character; and, if so, will he state the total number of men in possession of first and second class certificates who were engaged on work of a non-supervisory character, and the total number of men who were in possession of firemen's certificates, but were employed in a capacity superior to that of the fireman, but inferior to that of the under-manager?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

Yes, Sir. A return of this kind was collected last autumn. As well as can be estimated from this return, the number of persons holding first or second class certificates of competency and employed in mines otherwise than as managers, under-managers or overmen is about 2,000; and the number of persons holding firemen's certificates, but not first or second class certificates of competency, who are employed as overmen is about 2,400.