HC Deb 08 March 1955 vol 538 cc145-6
55. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Labour how many members of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Factories are specially qualified to deal with the effect of the use of radioactive substances.

Mr. Watkinson

Six officers at headquarters with appropriate qualifications and experience have made a special study of the problem from the medical, scientific and technical angle, and the Chief Inspector of Factories draws freely upon the expert advice of members of the Radiological Advisory Panel, of the Statutory Advisory Committee appointed under the Radioactive Substances Act, 1948, of the Radiological Protection Service of the Medical Research Council and of the Atomic Energy Authority itself. Instruction has been given to all inspectors in the precautionary methods to be adopted in the use of radioactive substances.

Mr. Willey

While fully appreciating what has been done, in view of the increasing use of radio-active substances in industry and medicine, may I ask the Parliamentary Secretary to see that this training is expanded rapidly so that it matches the increasing use of these substances?

Mr. Watkinson

Yes. I agree with the hon. Gentleman; this is very important, and we will certainly try to do as he suggests.

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