§ SIR JOHN LENG (Dundee)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is intended to require manufacturers in the texile industries to use shuttle guards; whether he is aware that, owing to the weight of the material, such guards are quite unnecessary in the jute trade; and, whether he is willing to consider representations that may be made to him on 380 the subject both by the workpeople and their employers?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE HOME DEPARTMENT (SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
It is intended to require the provision of shuttle guards wherever there is found to be serious danger to the workpeople which can be removed by their use. I understand that shuttle accidents, although no doubt less common than in certain other texile processes, are not unknown in the jute manufacture, and I am not therefore prepared to say that necessity may not arise for requiring guards. I shall be glad, of course, to consider any representations that may be made to me on the subject.