HC Deb 01 May 1956 vol 552 c197
43. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to issue regulations to safeguard the health of those using radio-active materials in industry.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Robert Carr)

I would refer the hon Member to the reply to his Question on this subject on 20th December last. The preparation of regulations is proceeding as a matter of urgency.

Mr. Blenkinsop

In view of that reply, will the hon. Gentleman's Department try to get these regulations out quickly? Radio-active materials are being used increasingly in industry, and many countries have already issued regulations. Can the hon. Gentleman suggest a date?

Mr. Carr

It is still hoped that they will be published this year, but there is a complicated statutory procedure to go through, and this is a complicated subject. In the meantime, the hon. Member should realise that all the radio-isotope deliveries from the Atomic Energy Authority are notified to the Factory Department, which is able to follow them through to the places where they are used and ensure that proper safety measures are put into operation.