HC Deb 10 November 1953 vol 520 c750
7. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to bring up to date the Wood-Working Machinery Regulations which were last revised nearly 30 years ago; and whether he will introduce legislation suitably to revise the existing factories statutes.

Mr. Watkinson

I am not aware of any ground for amendment of these Regulations. But if my hon. Friend has any such ground in mind, I will be pleased to consider it.

Mr. Nabarro

These Regulations were made 30 years ago. Is my hon. Friend aware that in that period of three decades, many new types of woodworking machinery have been invented and brought into widespread use and it is, therefore, urgently necessary to overhaul them in the light of 1953 conditions?

Mr. Watkinson

Section 14 of the Factories Act, 1937, still applies, but again, if my hon. Friend has any particular point in mind, we should be delighted to consider it.

Mr. Isaacs

Has the Minister had any complaint from any of the unions representing the workers in this industry about the inefficiency of the Regulations?

Mr. Watkinson

No, Sir.