§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a Departmental Committee reported last year that wool sorting-should be scheduled as a dangerous trade: whether special rules have been framed for the trade; and whether any information upon the subject can be made public for consideration in the West Riding.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
A recommendation that wool sorting should be certified as a dangerous trade was made last year by a Departmental Committee, and it was so certified accordingly. Special rules were at once prepared, but suggestions were made by the workmen at the eleventh hour requiring further investigations by the Committee which were only recently completed. The rules are now in the printer's hands, and will be ready for issue shortly; they will be served in the usual course upon the occupiers of works in which hair or wool (other than British wool) is sorted.