HC Deb 21 July 1924 vol 176 cc891-2W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the conditions of labour enforced in India upon workers handling, sorting and transporting hides, horns, hoofs, bones, wool and hair, and what regulations are imposed to prevent the contagion of anthrax from reaching such commodities and can he indicate the hours of employment and system of labour operating amongst those engaged in handling these commodities?


Workers in India employed in factories, including wool mills, are subject to the provisions of the Factories Act, a copy of which I shall be happy to supply to my hon. Friend. A provision was added to the Act in 1922 enabling the Governor-General in Council to make rules for the disinfection of wool used in factories which may be infected with anthrax spores. So far as I am aware no rules have been framed probably because anthrax is an exceedingly rare industrial disease in India.