HC Deb 22 January 1942 vol 377 cc432-3W
Mr. E. Smith

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give instructions that when factory inspectors visit works they shall consult the workpeople's representatives; and that when an accident happens evidence shall be taken from as many as possible?

Mr. Bevin

Factory inspectors, in the performance of their duties, already make it a point to maintain close contact with workpeople's representatives and consultation takes place both with them and with workers themselves whenever it is necessary. When an accident occurs, it is the practice to take statements from all those whose evidence is material. If my hon. Friend has any special case in mind where he feels that appropriate consultation did not take place, perhaps he will send me particulars and I will look into it.