§ 8. Mr. Peter Freeman
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that approximately 50 per cent. of the boys now compulsorily employed in the mines of South Wales, are disabled by accidents or illness for periods of more than three days within the first year of employment; and what further steps arc being taken to minimise such injuries.
§ Mr. Shinwell
The figures for accidents to boys under 16 involving absence from work for more than three days are approximately 33 per cent. in the Cardiff Division and 38 per cent. in the Swansea Division. I have no corresponding information about disability from illness. As regards accidents, my Department, in co-operation with the industry, are taking all possible measures to reduce their number. This will be effected by improved training methods and modifications in the safety laws