Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Establishments (Heating)

– in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Photo of Major Sir Frank Markham Major Sir Frank Markham , Nottingham South

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he has seen the Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of Factories for 1941, page 12, in which he warns that a reduction in heating in certain industrial establishments would lower vitality, impair efficiency and involve a loss in output far outbalancing the saving in fuel; and what instructions he has issued as to the ideal temperature conditions for light muscular or sedentary workers?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "Yes." With regard to the second, I have not hitherto issued any specific instructions, but in view of the urgent need for fuel economy I should deprecate any higher standard of heating, apart from the standards required for special processes, than is necessary to maintain productive efficiency.

Photo of Major Sir Frank Markham Major Sir Frank Markham , Nottingham South

Is it not high time that some guidance was given to manufacturers as to what are considered to be the normal levels of heat and ventilation?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Some guidance has already been given. Trade associations have been circularised, and their replies are being summarised.