Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Diseases (Asbestos).

– in the House of Commons on 10th December 1931.

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Photo of Mr John Jones Mr John Jones , West Ham Silvertown

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asked the Home Secretary if he will state the number of workpeople engaged in the asbestos industry who have been examined by members of the medical board; the number of workpeople found to be suffering from asbestosis; and the number of workpeople suspended from work in the industry by the medical board?

Photo of Mr Herbert Samuel Mr Herbert Samuel , Darwen

582 workers have been so far examined by the Board, three have been found to be suffering from asbestosis, of whom one has been certified to be totally disabled and two have been suspended. In addition one worker has been suspended on account of tuberculosis and one on account of defective physique, making a total of four workers who have been suspended. In 77 of the cases examined the board are awaiting the result of a radiological examination and have come to no conclusion.

Photo of Mr John Jones Mr John Jones , West Ham Silvertown

What provision is being made for those cases which have been accepted under existing conditions?

Photo of Mr Herbert Samuel Mr Herbert Samuel , Darwen

Perhaps my hon. Friend will give me notice of that question. It does not arise here.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

Are those the figures for one year?

Photo of Mr Herbert Samuel Mr Herbert Samuel , Darwen

They are for the period since this Measure came into force, which I believe was last June.