HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 c2219W
Mr. Marshall

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the woodworkers in the Sheffield area are concerned regarding the use of a discus and sanding machine for smoothing doors during manufacture; that complaints have been made that the wood dust arises with injurious effects; that a visit was recently paid to the factory of the Rother Vale Manufacturing Company by the inspector of factories, but the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers cannot get any information as to the result: and whether he will arrange for the woodworkers' representatives to be consulted regarding the suitability of any safety devices?

Mr. Lloyd

I am aware that complaint has been made regarding a particular portable machine used in the factory mentioned, and it is agreed that steps should be taken to reduce the dust. I am informed that the firm have decided to try some new exhaust plant, to be installed during the Christmas holidays. The problem is, I understand, a very technical one. An inspector will visit again after Christmas, and will ascertain from the workers' representatives whether they have received any complaint of the new installation.