HC Deb 27 March 1911 vol 23 c1098W

asked the Home Secretary, whether he is aware that in Germany there are permanent exhibitions of appliances for the prevention of accidents to workmen; and whether in view of the number of accidents which occur annually in this country to workers engaged in the manipulation of machinery, in the working of railways, and in seafaring, he is now in a position to provide that such an exhibition of safety appliances will be established in this country?


I am aware of the existence in Germany and other countries of museums of safety appliances. The question of establishing a similar museum in this country as far as industries within the jurisdiction of the Home Office are concerned has been under the consideration of the Department for some time, and careful inquiries have been made as to the organisation and equipment of foreign museums of the kind. I am now in a position to announce that, with the approval of the Treasury, it has been decided to establish such a museum in this country. It will exhibit for the information of employers and workpeople the newest and best appliances for securing safety and health in factories, mines, and other industries, and I hope it will be a valuable aid to the work of the factory and mines departments. The preliminary arrangements are being taken in hand, and the necessary provision has been made in the Estimates.