Infectious Disease (Absence from Work)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th April 1965.

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Photo of Mr William Baxter Mr William Baxter , West Stirlingshire 12:00 am, 14th April 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will seek to bring the law of Scotland into line with the law of England so as to place the obligation upon the local authority to compensate a person who has to stay off work in order to prevent the spreading of infectious disease.

Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark

My right hon. Friend intends to look at this question in the course of a general review of Scottish public health legislation which his Department is beginning; it is hoped that the review will be completed this year.

Photo of Mr William Baxter Mr William Baxter , West Stirlingshire

May I express the hope that when reviewing the matter, my hon. Friend will take into consideration the excellent position that exists in England in this respect and seek to apply those principles to the law of Scotland?

Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark

I can assure my hon. Friend that we are very much aware of the point he has in mind, and we shall certainly be looking very closely at the possibility of including it in the reports that are to be made.