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MR. HALL'S ASSISTANTS' REPORTS.

Hoole, Chester,

18th March, 1907. Sir.

I HAVE the honour to report that during the past year I have discharged the duties of an Inspector of Mines and Quarries in the district comprising West Lancashire, Cheshire, and North Wales; and in so doing I have acted as assistant to, and under the direction of, Mr. Henry Hall, I.S.O., the Chief Inspector of the district.

I have the honour to remain, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,
D. H. F. MATHEWS.

HEW
The Right Honourable Herbert J. Gladstone, M.P.,
His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State,

Home Department, Whitehall.

Bangor,

20th February, 1907.

Sir,

I have the honour to report that during the year 1905 I have discharged the duties of an Inspector of Mines and Quarries in the Liverpool and North Wales district. In doing so I have acted as assistant to, and under the direction of, Mr. Henry Hall, I.S.O., the Chief Inspector of the district.

I have the honour to remain, Sir,
Your obedient servant,

G. J. WILLIAMS.
The Right Honourable Herbert J. Gladstone, M.P.,
His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State,

Home Department, Whitehall.

5, Spring Gardens, Chester,

20th March, 1907. Sir,

I have the honour to report that during the year 1906 I have discharged the duties of an Inspector of Mines and Quarries in the Liverpool and North Wales district. In so doing I have acted as assistant to, and under the direction of, Mr. Henry Hall, I.S.O., the Inspector in charge of the district.

I have, &c.,

OWEN ROWLAND JONES.
The Right Honourable Herbert J. Gladstone, M.P.,
His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State,

Home Department, Whitehall.

MINES AND QUARRIES.

REPORTS

OF

ARTHUR H. STOKES, H.M. INSPECTOR OF MINES

FOR THE

MIDLAND DISTRICT (No. 8),

TO

HIS MAJESTY'S SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE

HOME DEPARTMENT,

UNDER

The Coal Mines Regulation Acts, 1887 to 1896, the Metalliferous Mines Regulation Acts, 1872 and 1875, and the

Quarries Act, 1894.

For the Year 1906.

Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of His Majesty.

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1907.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

REPORT UNDER THE COAL MINES REGULATION ACT.

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SECTIOX I.-PERSOXS EMPLOYED.

Persons employed compared with the previous year
Persons employed during the years 1890 to 1906. See Table No. 17
Persons employed in each county during the year 1906. See Table No. 1
Summary of persons employed and mineral wrought. See Table No. 17

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SECTION II.-MINERAL.

Mineral raised as compared with the previous year. See Table No. 2
Mineral raised in detail) during the years 1890 to 1906. See Table No. 17
Mineral raised in each county during the year 1906. See Table No. 2
Mineral raised per person employed. Table No. 3

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SECTIOX III.-ACCIDENTS.

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Accidents and deaths classified. Table No. 5

10 Accidents with explosives. Tables Nos. 8 and 9

11 Accidents from explosions of fire-damp or coal dust. Table No. 6

11 Accidents on surface railways and tramways. Table No. 11 ...

12 Accidents from falls of roof and side

10, 11, 14, 39-42

, , Underground haulage accidents. Table No. 10 ...

12 Death-rate from accidents

10 Explosions of fire-damp

11, 12 Falls of roof and side

10, 11, 14-16 Shaft accidents

10, 16, 42 Trams and tubs

10, 12, 19, 43 Haulage accidents

10, 12, 19, 43 Miscellaneous underground accidents

10, 21 Surface accidents

10, 12, 15 Non-fatal accidents, classified

10 Ratio of lives lost to number of persons employed and mineral raised. See Table No. 15 28 Summary of deaths. See Table No. 16

29 Electricity accident

23 Flame from boiler fire

22 Shot firing accidents

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Timbering
Missed-fire shots and shot-firing
Electricity
Board for Examinations for managers' certificates
Number of candidates examined and passed during the year 1906
Inspection by H.M. Inspectors
Number of days in each month on which coal has been drawn. Table No. 13
List of exemptions granted during the year. See Table No. 14
Comparative Tables (Nos. 15 to 17) relating to persons employed, mineral raised, and

accidents
Coal-cutting machines and number of coal-cutters at work. Table No. 4.
Statistics relating to the use of explosives. Table No. 12

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SECTION 1.-PERSONS EMPLOYED.

Persons employed during the year 1906. Table No. 18

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SECTION II.- MINERAL.
Minerals worked in each county during the year 1906. Table No. 19

raised as compared with the previous year

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SECTION II.- MINERAL.
Mineral worked during the year 1906. Tables Nos. 22, 23

compared with previous year
during the year 1906, classified. Table No. 23

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APPENDIX II.-List of prosecutions
APPENDIX III.—List of plans of abandoned mines deposited in the Home Office during the

year 1906

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