Industrial Safety

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Peter Archer Mr Peter Archer , Rowley Regis and Tipton 12:00 am, 8th August 1966

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will introduce legislation to establish a national council to inquire into inconsistencies and omissions in existing industrial safety provisions and to keep such provisions under periodical review.

Photo of Mr Peter Archer Mr Peter Archer , Rowley Regis and Tipton

As the Trades Union Congress expressly adopted this suggestion last year as part of its policy, would my right hon. Friend agree to consult the T.U.C. before finally making up his mind on the matter?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

My hon. Friend knows that we are already in consultation with the T.U.C. and the C.B.I. on means of strengthening the machinery for dealing with this matter but—on what I think is the real point of his question—I have come to the conclusion that such a body as he has in mind, and earnestly believes in, would be too large and its elements too varied for it to achieve a successful result.