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Boys (Employment Underground).

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 19th May 1931.

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Photo of Sir Robert Newman Sir Robert Newman , Exeter

36.

asked the Secretary for Mines the number of boys under 16 years of age who are being employed below ground in mines; and the total number of boys under 16 years of age who were killed and the number who were injured while working in the mines below ground during the years 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Linlithgowshire

As the answer involves a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Peter Freeman Mr Peter Freeman , Breconshire and Radnorshire

Will the hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of prohibiting boys under 16 working underground in mines, as is already done in other countries?

Following is the answer:

The information, so far as it is available, is as follows:—

Number of boys under 16 years of age employed below ground at Mines under the Coal Mines Act, 1911, and the number of such boys killed and injured by accidents at the mines, during the years 1927 to 1930.
Year.Average number employed below ground.Number of boys killed.Number of boys disabled for more than 3 days.
192729,563356,518
192826,663306,114
192928,574407,122
193025,16224Not yet available.