Safety in Mines (Royal Commission).

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Mr. Jenkins:

asked the Secretary for Mines on what date the report of the Royal Commission on Safety in Mines will be published?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I understand that the report has already been signed and submitted to His Majesty. I cannot at present state the precise date of publica- tion, but I hope that copies will be available for hon. Members in about a fortnight's time.

I should like on behalf of His Majesty's Government to express our appreciation of the work done by Lord Rockley and his colleagues in carrying out their arduous and important duties during the past three years.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Is it intended to introduce legislation during this Session embodying any recommendations that the Commission may make.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I cannot go as far as that, because I have not seen the report yet.

Mr. Jenkins:

As there is to be a Debate on this matter in two weeks' time, would it not be possible to have the report published some days earlier?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I did not know there was to be a Debate in two weeks' time. The publication of the report does not depend on me, but how long the printing will take by the Stationery Office.

Mr. Jenkins:

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman do what he can to expedite the publication of the report so that Members can have it before the Debate takes place?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

As far as I can see, it will take at least a fortnight before it can be produced.