§ Mr. Hardy
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what changes there have been in the number of serious underground accidents in British collieries in the last six months; what assessment he makes of the significance of the change; and what advice he is giving to the National Coal Board in regard to the matter.
§ Mr. David Hunt
The figures for fatal accidents and major injuries under ground in the latest six months for which figures are available are as follows:34W
1985 (including contractors) Months Fatal Major injuries July 1 34 August 1 34 September 0 48 October 3 61 November 2 58 December 2 56 TOTAL 9 291
I am happy to report this improvement over the same six months in 1983, when there were 10 fatal accidents and 339 major injuries.