Mines (Safety Regulations).

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Matthew Simm Mr Matthew Simm , Wallsend

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asked the Secretary for Mines if, in connection with his safety-first proposals, he will consider the desirability of providing deputies working in mines with suggestion and report forms for the purpose of deputies desiring to make confidential reports to the district inspector or sub-inspector; and, in the event of reports being made, will he make provision for the full protection of the deputies reporting?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

The provision of such forms as my hon. Friend suggests would, I fear, lead to a division of responsibility and control which would be detrimental to the smooth working of the industry, and I think the present relations between the inspectors and the managers and deputies in the mines are sufficiently close to secure the ends which he has in view.