Mr. Jim Callaghan
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the provision made for safety of young persons engaged in agriculture.
§ Mr. Waddington
I cannot be satisfied while young persons are involved in accidents on farms. Ways of improving standards of health and safety are always being considered. The Health and Safety Commission seeks advice on the industry's health and safety needs from its agriculture industry advisory committee, which is comprised of representatives of employers' and workers' unions.
The agricultural health and safety regulations and the general duties provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which are concerned with the health and safety of all people who are engaged in or may be affected by agricultural operations, enable the Health and Safety Executive's agricultural inspectorate to look for high standards on farms in Great Britain. In addition, a high proportion of the inspectorate's education and advisory effort is directed at the safety of young people on lams.