§ Mr. Prentice
asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken to secure the implementation of the recommendations contained in the first report of the Joint Standing Committee for the Pottery Industry dealing with methods of reducing the risk of pneumoconiosis.
§ Mr. Godber
The Committee's recommendations which are concerned mainly with dust control in potters' shops are aimed at encouraging the industry to adopt important preventive measures and call attention to the need for improved local exhaust systems and general ventilation, a new design of protective clothing and better selection and training of works inspectors. These recommendations are addressed primarily to the industry and action to further them has already been taken by the Committee, which sits under the chairmanship of one of my Superintending Inspectors. I look to continued action on these lines, together with more frequent inspection by the Factory Inspectorate, to bring about a reduction of the hazard of pneumoconiosis in this industry.