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Industrial Pneumoconiosis

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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asked the Minister of National Insurance what further processes have been prescribed under the regulations relating to industrial pneumoconiosis since the hon. Member for Norwich, North asked a question on the subject on 25th July last.

Since my hon. Friend asked his Question on 25th July, I have extended insurance under the Industrial Injuries Act against Pneumoconiosis to persons using power-driven tools to free metal castings from adherent siliceous substance.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this extension will be much appreciated? May I ask her for information on two points: first, is provision made for cases which have been incurred before the regulations became operative, and, second, in view of the very wide importance of industrial dust diseases, is she continuing her inquiries with a view to a still further extension of the protection?

I have made the extension retrospective to cover those men who suffered from the disease since the appointed day. I am fully aware that pneumoconiosis requires very careful investigation, and, therefore, I am referring the whole question to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the whole House will appreciate the sympathetic spirit in which she has approached this matter?