HC Deb 01 July 1971 vol 820 cc571-2
19. Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many times the Committee on Safety Training has met since 1967; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Dudley Smith

The Sub-Committee on Safety Training of the Industrial Safety Advisory Council has met five times since it was set up in 1967.

Mr. Huckfield

Can the hon. Gentleman say how many times this Committee has met as a whole committee, and how many times its sub-committees have met? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that certain people who were invited to be members when it was first set up in 1967 have not been informed yet that there has been a meeting?

Mr. Smith

The full Advisory Council has met twice since it was first appointed. The work has been fairly modest in content, but there is no question of trying to eliminate the Committee. Any member of the sub-committee or of the Council who feels that he has a specific point which should be discussed has only to get in touch with the secretariat in my Department.