§ 85. Mr. ANDERSON
asked the Minister of Munitions whether his attention has been called to the case of a youth of eighteen who was fined 7s. 6d. at the London Munitions Tribunal for refusing to transfer to a dangerous machine at which a girl a few days later lost her fingers; whether this youth was informed by Mr. J. G. Pease, the chairman, that if he was in the trenches and told to advance he would have to do so whatever the risks, and that he was a soldier just as much as the man in khaki; whether such declarations are to take the place of properly guarded machinery; and whether, seeing that these risks could be obviated by extra expense on the part of the employer, it is proposed to take action in the matter?'
My right hon. Friend's attention had not previously been drawn to this case, but I am making inquiries, and upon receipt of further information I will communicate again with my hon. Friend.