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Pottery Working Party Recommendations (Implementation)

Volume 530: debated on Thursday 15 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Labour if the recommendations made in the Pottery Working Party's Report have now been implemented in full.

The Working Party's recommendations concerning health and welfare in the industry have been implemented in full in so far as they affect my Department. The apprenticeship scheme agreed to by both sides of the industry in 1945 has not so far been implemented.

I very much appreciate the Chief Inspector's reference to the industry in his Annual Report, but is the Minister aware that, apart from mining, this industry suffers more from the effect of silicosis than any other? In view of that, will he ask the Chief Inspector to give special attention to it?