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Industrial Accidents

Volume 645: debated on Wednesday 26 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will state the industrial accident figures, overall, to the latest convenient date; how recent figures for industrial accidents compare with the upward curve in 1958–59; and whether he will make a detailed statement on the position.

The latest available figures relate to the first quarter of this year in which 48,461 accidents were reported, this representing a fall of 1,750 compared with the first quarter of 1960. In that quarter there had been a rise of some 8,500 compared with the first quarter of 1959 and of some 5,500 compared with the first quarter of 1958.While the fall in the first quarter of this year is satisfactory it would be unwise to make assumptions about the general trend from one quarter's figures. Particulars relating to the second quarter of this year will be published in the Ministry of Labour Gazette next month.An article on the problems of interpreting trends in the statistics of indus-

May, 1959May, 1961
Personal Secretaries103101
Typists, including shorthand-typists1,1531301,106138
Machine operators927966