Industrial Health Service, Slough

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health what provision is being made to enable the Occupational Health Service at Slough to maintain and extend its work.

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

The Slough Industrial Health Service is a voluntary organisation which is not in the National Health Service, and I have no information about its proposals for future maintenance and extension.

Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough

Will the Parliamentary Secretary discuss this matter with his colleagues in the Ministry of Labour and National Service who have recently visited this hospital? Is it not the case that this service is doing unique work in research on the effects of noise and of heat and dust, and is doing it for industry throughout the country in connection with leading hospitals? Should there not be some Government assistance for this valuable effort?

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

I have no precise information about any research activities of the Slough Industrial Health Service in this context. As the hon. Member indicated, this is primarily a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service. I will certainly keep in touch with him on this subject.