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Laboratories And Workshops (Accidents)

Volume 650: debated on Thursday 30 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Education how many accidents involving injury to students or damage to equipment, respectively, occurred in technical college laboratories or workshops and secondary school laboratories or workshops during 1960.

I do not require local education authorities to submit returns to me on these two matters.

After consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour I recently issued an Administrative Memorandum on Industrial Safety and the Education Service, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member.

Would it not be better if the Minister, instead of exhorting local authorities, brought the laboratories and workshops within the scope of the Bill which the Government will ultimately promote, and which was started by my hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich (Mr. Marsh)?

It is not very easy to get the facts on how much damage has been done to equipment. I think that I can hardly collect that kind of information.

Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman can find out how much damage is done to persons?