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Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Minister of Labour why Mr. John Selfridge, of 65, Clydesdale Street, Hamilton, was directed to the mines on the 10th December, 1947, despite a doctor's certificate.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

Mr. Selfridge went into coalmining as an alternative to service in His Majesty's Forces. He subsequently left without notice, and, as he refused to go back voluntarily, he was issued with a direction after being pronounced fit for coalmining employment by an independent medical referee. He appealed against the direction, and the local appeal board dismissed his appeal. As, however, a further medical certificate had been submitted by Mr. Selfridge from his own doctor, he was again examined by an independent medical referee, who on this occasion pronounced him unfit for coal-mining employment. The direction was thereupon withdrawn.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford

Does not this entirely illustrate the folly of directing people against their will?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

It may also indicate the folly of relying always on a doctor's opinion.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford

On three doctors' opinions