asked the Minister of National insurance how many workers in the slate mining industries, in the county of Merioneth, have been certified as suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis each year for the last eight years.
The Various industries (Silicosis) Compensation Scheme was extended from 1st January,1940, to cover workmen employed underground in slate mines. Since that date up to the 30th September, 1945, the total number of workmen in North Wales slate mines certified by the Silicosis Medical Board to be suffering from silicosis or silicosis accompanied by tuberculosis is 103; eight in 1940; five in 1941; 17 in 1942; 12 in 1943; 26 in 1944 and 35 up to 30th September. 1945. I regret that separate figures for Merionethshire are not available.