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Silicosis, South Wales

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1950

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asked the Minister of National Insurance how many cases there have been of miners in South Wales who have been certified to be suffering from silicosis and were in receipt of compensation, and who, after a post-mortem examination, have been certified not to have died from the disease, and whose dependants were not entitled to compensation; and if she will give the figures for each year they are available.

asked the Minister of National Insurance how many miners were suspended from the mining industry in 1949 as a result of pneumoconiosis; and what are the figures for South Wales.

As my hon. Friend is aware, under the Industrial Injuries Act a pneumoconiosis medical board can only suspend a person from the mining industry if that person is suffering from tuberculosis, or from pneumoconiosis accompanied by tuberculosis. The number of miners so suspended during 1949 was 84, of whom 42 were in South Wales.