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Clause 68—-(Duty Of Mine Owners And Managers To Seek Evidence Of Proximity Of Disused Workings, Water-Bearing Strata, &C)

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 1 July 1954

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Amendments made: In page 47, line 6, leave out from beginning, to "such," in line 8, and insert:

"In the case of every mine, the owner thereof and the manager thereof shall each he charged with the duty—
(a) of taking."

In line 9, leave out from "information," to "which," in line 11.

In line 22, leave out from beginning, to "for," and insert:

"of taking such steps as may be necessary."—[Mr. Joynson-Hicks.]

I beg to move, in page 47, line 27, to leave out from beginning, to "forthwith." and insert:

"In the case of every mine, the owner thereof and the manager thereof shall each he charged with the duty."
This Amendment and the next four Amendments go with one another, and perhaps we might consider them together. These, again, are in response to an undertaking which I gave in Committee, namely, that there should be a reciprocal obligation upon the owner and the manager to exchange information which either of them might obtain which might lead to knowledge of water hazards in a mine.

In the original Bill the obligation was on the owner to inform the manager, and this Amendment makes it reciprocal, so that the manager must also inform the owner, in case the owner may be able to take advantage of the knowledge in another mine.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In line 36, leave out from beginning, to "particulars," and insert:

"of furnishing to the other."—[Mr. Joynson-Hicks.]