HC Deb 29 November 1972 vol 847 cc169-70W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what representation he has received on the dangers of dry-cleaning machines in launderettes; if his Department will issue safety instructions for such establishments; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dudley Smith

None, but in the early part of this year the Home Office and the Department of Employment jointly produced a code of practice on the safety of coin-operated dry-cleaning

Region Males Females Not distinguished between sexes Total
Northern 440 460 100 1,000
Yorkshire and Humberside 520 180 700
South Eastern 3,010 1,010 4,020
East Anglia 380 130 510
South Western 500 150 650
Wales 100 5 110
East Midlands 820 140 100 1,060
West Midlands 810 60 100 970
North Western 3,150 570 3,720
Scotland 1,820 380 2,200
Great Britain 11,550 3,085 300 14,940

Mr. Gwynoro Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many redundancies have been announced in the first nine months of 1972 in Wales; how many people were involved; and if he will give the figures for 1970 and 1971.

Mr. Dudley Smith

The information on redundancies notified to my Department in Wales is as follows:

Period Number of redundancies notified Number of workpeople involved
January-September, 1970 125 6,910
January-September, 1971 248 15,310
January-September, 1972 174 7,870

installations and I am sending the hon. Member a copy. This code is being distributed by local authorities. Only launderettes where persons are employed are subject to the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act, and the Robens Committee has drawn attention to the anomalous functions of establishments where there are no employees.

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