13. Miss WARD (for Mr. CONANT)
asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to the decision of a colliery company in the Midlands to instal automatic fire-damp detectors for the use of workmen underground; and whether he can make a statement in regard to this development?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
I am informed that the Staveley Coal and Iron Company, Limited, after carrying out pit trials of the Ringrose automatic firedamp detector at their Markham Colliery, have now decided to equip with this detector each of the conveyor faces in two of the seams, and that the company will probably equip the third seam of the colliery in a similar way at a later date.
§ Mr. T. SMITH
Is the hon. Gentleman's Department doing anything to encourage other owners to follow the example of this company?