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Horses In Mines (Inspectors)

Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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asked the Secretary for Mines the names of the special inspectors appointed under the provision" of the Coal Mines Act which relate to the care and welfare of ponies and other animals employed in mines; the professional or other qualifications of each such inspector for the position held by him, and the remuneration received by each, respectively?

The names of the eight inspectors of horses specially appointed under Section 109 of the Coal Mines Act, 1911, for the purpose of examining into the care and treatment of horses worked in mines are set out on pages 45–47 of the Eight Annual Report of my Department, a copy of which is available in the Library. Each of these inspectors qualified for his appointment by extensive practical experience in the care and management of horses. Their scale of salary is £150 by £10 to £250 (exclusive of bonus), as shown in the Estimates of the Mines Department for 1930 (Class VI, Vote 6). Of the eight inspectors, six have reached the maximum of their scale (£250, plus bonus amounting to £111 3s.).

asked the Secretary of Mines at what collieries qualified veterinary surgeons are regularly employed by the proprietors to supervise the welfare of ponies and other animals employed in such collieries; and at what collieries qualified veterinary surgeons are not so employed?