§ Mr. Hare
Under certain regulations for processes where there may be a risk of anthrax, the employee must report any cut or sore to his foreman. Under the Compressed Air and Diving Regulations, employees must report certain ailments to their employers. Under the Ionising Radiations (Sealed Sources) Regulations, new employees must in certain circumstances tell the employer of any previous employment involving exposure to ionising radiations.
§ Mrs. Hart
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Bill introduced by the noble Lord the Member for Hertford 1349 (Lord Balniel) contains an entirely new element? Under it, it will be necessary for an employer to inquire into the private personal life of new women employees. Does not this represent a grave invasion of personal freedom? Would it not be as well if the right hon. Gentleman recognised that, by supporting the Measure, he is lending himself to legislation which, though supposed to protect women, is opposed by most women?