§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will draw to the attention of the factory inspectors the dangers to health arising from the dust problem in the battery hen egg-producing factories of Eastwoods in Fife; and what steps are being taken to eliminate this health hazard.
§ Mr. John Grant
I am advised by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that dust in the atmosphere in building housing hens in battery cages may cause some discomfort to workers in the buildings, but there is no evidence that this dust gives rise to a health hazard.
When an inspector of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland visited these premises in January this year it was observed that the company had provided the workers with overalls and dust masks.