HC Deb 20 May 1943 vol 389 cc1205-6
2. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Labour the number of fatal and nonfatal accidents, respectively, in factories for 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942; and the percentage of accidents to the total employed for each year?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

Accidents reported under the Factories Act were for 1939, 1,104 fatal and 192,371 non-fatal; for 1940, 1,372 fatal and 230,607 non-fatal; for 1941, 1,646 fatal and 269,652 non-fatal and for 1942, 1,363 fatal and 313,267 non-fatal. Numbers employed are constantly changing, and I can only say that the percentage of such accidents to the total employed was roughly 3.4 in 1940 and 3.8 in 1941.

Mr. Davies

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that he has a sufficient number of inspectors who are able to do the work for which they were appointed rather than to look atter A.R.P. and kindred problems in factories?

Mr. Bevin

I do not think there are sufficient factory inspectors, but the difficulty is one of man-power at the moment. I have, however, done a good deal in relation to safety through personnel managers in our factories who have supplemented factory inspectors to a considerable extent.