• Short Summary

    The Aberfan coal tip slide that slaughtered 116 children and 28 adults was officially blamed today (Thursday) of bungling ineptitude, foolishness, and ignorance by officials of Britain's state coal mines.

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    The Aberfan coal tip slide that slaughtered 116 children and 28 adults was officially blamed today (Thursday) of bungling ineptitude, foolishness, and ignorance by officials of Britain's state coal mines. The report, issued by a three-man tribunal of inquiry, laid overall blame on the National Coal Board and singled out nine local officials for blame.

    In its 76 days of hearings, the tribunal, headed by Lord Justice Edmund Davies, found there was a tradition of laxness towards the security of coal waste tips dating back to pre-war days. In the report, which was published today, there are many recommendations regarding the safety of coal tips. The Minister of Power, Mr. Richard Marsh, had a 65 minute meeting with Lord Robens, chairman of the Nations Coal Board, today. A statement issued later said that Lord Robens had been given a month to say what steps he has taken to prevent any recurrence of the disaster, and to reply to the criticisms of the Coal Board.

    There were long queues to buy the report in Aberfan, where our reporter spoke to some of the parents.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADR5D3VAC2AGYLQUCZJA33506H
    Media URN:
    VLVADR5D3VAC2AGYLQUCZJA33506H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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