§ 22. Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what information is available to him as to the number of chain-saw operators in Scotland who are suffering from the form of vibration effect known as white fingers; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Edward Taylor
The only information available suggests that up to one-third of the Forestry Commission's regular chain-saw operators in Scotland are affected by vibration syndrome in varying degrees. Vibration may be reduced by improved techniques and suitably modified saws; the Commission is introducing both.
§ Sir J. Gilmour
As there must be much unknown information about chain-saw operators not in the Forestry Commission, would my hon. Friend consider whether some arrangement could be made for an alteration to the chain-saws now in use so as to stop this symptom from developing?
The Forestry Commission has successfully encouraged some saw manufacturers to develop anti-vibration mountings and is replacing its own saws 434 with suitably modified models. Naturally, we hope that other manufacturers will follow suit.
§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
Surely the hon. Gentleman has made an error by saying "only one-third". He must be very concerned that it is as much as one-third.