20. Miss WARD
asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the use of electric welding as an industrial process consideration has been given to the question of the effect on the health of the workers so engaged?
Certainly, and steps have been taken with a view to preventing injury to health. I may refer in this connection to Number 18 of the Shipbuilding Regulations under the Factory Acts, requiring adequate ventilation, and to the Factory Department Memorandum (Form 329) on Electric Arc Welding, copies of which I will send to my hon. Friend.
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that in a recent issue of the "British Medical Journal" the statement was made by medical authorities that it is doubtful whether the regulations applicable under the circular mentioned would, in fact, meet the difficulties arising in this matter?
If the Regulations do not meet the points my hon. Friend has in mind, no doubt my right hon. Friend will consider amending them.