Nystagmus (Yorkshire).

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 24th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr Richard Soper Mr Richard Soper , Barnsley

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asked the Secretary for Mines what statistics the Department has as to the condition of miners in Yorkshire as regards nystagmus; whether it is increasing or decreasing; and what steps are being taken to reduce it to a minimum?

Photo of Mr Isaac Foot Mr Isaac Foot , Bodmin

Statistics are available for the past few years of the number of cases of nystagmus in Yorkshire reported to the certifying surgeons under the Workmen's Compensation Act. These figures, which I will send to my hon. Friend, show a decrease since 1925 but with some fluctuation. The principal measures in hand for the prevention and cure of nystagmus are those to secure improved lighting in mines and an investigation under the auspices of the Medical Research Council.