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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 1 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Furniture Design.


asked the Minister for Health if any investigations have been carried out by his Department or by any other agency into the adverse effects of badly designed furniture, beds and seats of mechanically propelled vehicles on the backs of those who use them; and if he has any authority to direct that these articles of furniture be more correctly designed.

The answer to the first part of the Deputy's question so far as my Department is concerned is in the negative.

I am aware that problems can be created for people who habitually use unsuitable beds, chairs and seats. As Minister for Health, I have no functions in regard to the design of such articles but I will consider the position and will consult with the Minister for Industry and Commerce who has a function.

I should also say that people with specific orthopaedic conditions would be generally advised by their doctors as to their special needs in this area.

Bicycles and wooden beds would appear to be indicated.