I said in my opening remarks that strong feelings had been expressed by hon. Members of both sides of the House on Second Reading, and the hon. Member knows perfectly well that his hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Mr. Padley) got considerable support from some of my hon. Thus I do not think that we need argue too much on that point. While I am not quarrelling with his ideas, I am trying to discover if, immediately the Bill becomes law, a new set of inspectors will be appointed and bow they will operate.
From that work I gathered experience which confirmed the correctness of the case my hon. Friends could quote experience with the universal grinder. Unfortunately a worker using a universal grinder and working to precision limits of perhaps a thousandth of an inch cannot use goggles. He has to grind to very fine dimensions and cannot be protected by the use of goggles because he must have a clear vision.
Let us use this time during Lent as a time to cultivate the art of “listening”. However, some of the people rescued may have perceived the silence quite differently. There was one TV news clip that struck me, when the rescuers stopped work, They called out for silence.
Friend will look on these very reasonable Amendments favourably. It would be rather a slight on local authorities to say that they should have their own offices looked at by my hon. For those reasons, I very much hope that my right hon. Friend will have another look at this series of Amendments and will agree to accept them. The intention is to give occupiers sufficient time to apply for exemptions before the relevant provisions of the Bill are in force concerning the premises in question. In addition, the new subsection permits the posting of notices of application for exemption in the “common parts” of buildings covered by Clauses 35 and 36.
There are, however, certain ports in which my right hon. Friends the Ministers of Transport, of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and of Power, and the Secretary of State for Scotland, already have specific responsibilities under statute. These ports include the transport piers in the Highlands and Islands, fishery docks and harbours, certain iron ore ports, and the ports in national ownership. The relationship of the National Ports Council to these parts calls for special consideration, and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport will pursue this matter with his right hon. Would not the Minister agree that the reactors which have been chosen for our first nuclear-propelled merchant ship exist only on the drawing board and might be subject to a good deal of modification before they are built?
I was sorry to hear the views expressed by my hon. Friends the Members for Harborough (Mr. Farr) and for King’s Lynn (Mr. Bullard). The switch from Fahrenheit to centigrade is being made by the Meteorological Office as part of international practice, and, as hon. Members have said, this is reasonable international practice. It is not the result of a statutory change. We were pressed on both sides of the Committee to consider this, and that is why I brought the matter forward.