National War Effort (Absenteeism).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Reginald Clarry Sir Reginald Clarry , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give reasons for the high and increasing number of cases of absence of employees from Government and factory work due to minor and trivial ailments, with or without a doctor's certificate?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

I am not aware of any evidence of a general increase in cases of this kind, but if my hon. Friend will send me information as to any particular factory or factories which he has in mind, I shall be glad to have special inquiries made there.

Photo of Sir Reginald Clarry Sir Reginald Clarry , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

Is the Minister aware that doctors have every desire to carry out their duties, but by force of circumstances they have to make very brief and superficial examinations in giving certificates?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

I am not aware of that, but I will make inquiries through the Ministry of Health.