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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TRANSCRIPT: PARENT: "Well I look at it this way, Lord Justice Davies - he gave the report on the findings as he saw them - as a judge. He was looking at this judicially, judging it dispassionately. I cannot do this. I lost my littler girl, as you say, the only child I had and in my opinion the National Coal Board have shattered my life - not only by taking my little girl away, but the manned in which she met her death."
REPORTER to another parent: "You lost a ten year old daughter in this disaster are you happy about the White Paper?"
PARENT: "No. No I'm not happy with it. I would like to see it go further."
REPORTER: "Go further in what way?"
PARENT: "Well manslaughter charges be fetched out against them."
REPORTER: "Against who?"
PARENT: "The N.C.B. (National Coal Board)."
ANOTHER PARENT: "Well my feelings on that are this: that in the N.C.B. I believe there are men who know that they could and should have done more than what they did. And they themselves know, and they will never forget. I think they could have done more and who knows it better than the men themselves. This is how I feel."
REPORTER: "But do you think its fair saying that nine men should be named?"
PARENT: "No. I don't think so."
ANOTHER PARENT: "I think they should be instantly dismissed. I think they shouldn't be allowed to work for the Coal Board under any circumstances at any job."
REPORTER: "Mr. John Collins you lost your home and your entire family in this disaster are you satisfied with today's White Paper?".
COLLINS: "Not entirely satisfied, no sir."
REPORTER: "Why no?".
COLLINS: "Well I am not a miner, although my father was a miner for 58 years, and I was resident in Aberfan. Living near the tip complex and just put my faith in the National Coal Board mining engineers. And this is what they have done."
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Background: 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.