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Mr Sidney Webb, under cross-exam-ination, admitted that he did not possess figures substantiating his assertion that it. was cheaper to compensate for,, accidents than to guard against them. He quoted a Home Office report showing that an accident in one mine was due to inadequate timbering, and contended, that this single instance justified the general assumption that coal owners refused to provide adequate timbering owing to the cobj; being higher than that involved in compensating for accidents. He believed there would be fewer accidents under nationalisation owing to the elimination of profit-making motives. Mr Webb declared that colliery managers were shockingly destitute of ideas. Nobody connected With the coal industry had considered critically his nationalisation pamphlet. He had only been down a mine once.

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BRITISH ENQUIRY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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BRITISH ENQUIRY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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