§ Mr. ANSTRUTHER-GRAY
(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary for Mines if he can make a statement regarding the pit accident at Cardowan Colliery Stepps, Lanarkshire?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I deeply regret that an explosion, which occurred at this colliery about 9 a.m. yesterday, resulted in the death of four men and the injury of 10 others, and the House will wish me to express deep sympathy with the dependants and relatives of the dead and an earnest hope that the injured will have a speedy recovery. The explosion occurred on a long-wall conveyor face in the main seam. There was no fire after the explosion, and all the dead and injured were immediately brought to the surface. Mines Inspectors were occupied all day yesterday in investigating the circumstances, but until I receive their full report I am not able to give any further details.
§ Mr. HANNON
Has the hon. Gentleman seen the statement in the Press this morning that these accidents are not coincidences at all, but are due to pressure from the coast line?
§ The Orders of the Day were read, and postponed.1287
§ Mr. HOLFORD KNIGHT
If there is time available, is it not in accordance with the best traditions of public business that these opportunities should be given?