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Pneumoconiosis (Boiler Scalers)

Volume 436: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1947

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asked the Minister of National Insurance if he will consider providing a special scheme whereby people employed as boiler scalers will be included in the regulations providing benefit under the Industrial Injuries Act if they contract pneumoconiosis by virtue of their employment, including in such a scheme any man who has already contracted such a disease under these circumstances.

The hon. Member will no doubt have received my letter of 24th April in which I explained that the question of including this occupation in regulations under the Industrial Injuries Act providing benefit for pneumoconiosis will be considered. I should add that there would not be power to apply the regulations retrospectively so as to include men who have given up the employment before the appointed day for the commencement of the new scheme.