HC Deb 30 May 1962 vol 660 cc128-9W
64. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the scalers engaged in cleaning the exhaust stystems of vessels using diesel and heavy oils suffer from skin burns and discolouration of the teeth; if he is satisfied that the protective clothing and masks provided are sufficiently effective; and if he will have an inquiry made into the incidence of cancer through men inhaling fumes from unburnt gases and exhaust carbons.

Mr. Hare

As regards the first two parts of the Question, my information is that the existing precautions are proving adequate. If the hon. Member can supply details to the contrary I will have inquiries made. As regards the third part, I am advised, on the basis of investigations recently made by the Medical Inspectorate of Factories into the health of scalers on both oil and coal burning vessels, that there is no evidence that this occupation carries the risk suggested.