HC Deb 25 January 1897 vol 45 cc386-7
MR. R. McKENNA (Monmouth, N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether, in view of the fact that seven trades were reported on, in the interim Report by the Committee appointed to inquire into the Dangerous Trades, and that the Committee state these seven were selected as greatly in need of definite regulation, special rules have been issued for any of these trades; and, if so, for how many?


Out of the seven processes named in the Report, I have already seen my way to certifying two as dangerous under the Act of 1891. Special rules embodying most of the recommendations of the Committee, have been issued for one of these, the bottling of ærated waters, and will shortly be issued for the other, the vulcanizing of india rubber by means of bisulphide of carbon. With regard to the remaining five, a similar course will probably be necessary in the case of some, if not all; but there are legal and administrative considerations which make it difficult to give full and adequate effect in the form of special rules to the suggestions of the Committee. For the present, therefore, I must reserve my decision on this point, but in the meantime steps are being taken by the factory inspectors to watch these processes and to secure the improvement of the conditions under which the work is carried on.