HC Deb 08 July 1952 vol 503 cc1076-7
17. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Labour in what circumstances Her Majesty's inspectors investigate the conditions under which workers within the Palace of Westminster are employed.

Sir W. Monckton

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind investigations undertaken by H.M. Inspectors of Factories. Certain premises in Old Palace Yard, where a number of processes are undertaken connected with the upkeep of the buildings, including carpentry and repairs to furniture and plant, are subject to the provisions of the Factories Acts and are visited by an inspector. Building operations undertaken by contractors within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster are also visited by inspectors to verify compliance with the Building (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations.

Mr. Beswick

Will the Minister arrange, therefore, for an inspector to see the conditions under which some of the lift operators in these precincts are employed?