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Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received from trade unions or other organisations representing workers who have contracted pneumoconiosis in industries other than the coal industry; and what replies he has sent.

I have received two letters from trade unions on this subject. In my replies I described the unique situation in the nationalised coal industry which led to the setting up of a special NCB fund as an alternative to the pursuit of compensation through legal proceedings in the civil courts.