Dr Thomas Watts: Excuse me, there are. There are hundreds and thousands in the County of Lancashire.
Dr Thomas Watts: I say there are. I know. There are hundreds and thousands of miners.
Dr Thomas Watts: I said a hundred thousand.
Dr Thomas Watts: I was taking Cheshire into account, because there are many miners in.the County of Cheshire; but what I was saying would hold good if there were only 50,000 miners. There are scores and hundreds of miners in Lancashire who, when this Bill is put on the Statute Book, will seize the opportunity and cheerfully, willingly and gladly go to their work in the miner.
Dr Thomas Watts: I am prepared to wait and see, because I am confident of what I say, from my intimate relations with the men—and the relationship between a doctor and a workman is probably more intimate than with anybody else. [Interruption.] When I was in general practice I knew more of.the working conditions of the men and women in Lancashire than—or quite as much as—any hon. Member on the Socialist...
Dr Thomas Watts: Is my hon. Friend aware that. at the present moment nothing can he taken from the pay of the miner in that way, because he is insured under the National Health Insurance?
Dr Thomas Watts: 43. asked the Home Secretary if it will be possible to introduce the Factory Bill before the end of the present Session?
Dr Thomas Watts: Is the Home Secretary aware that Lancashire people are always glad to buy a piece of damaged cloth, which they can get at very low rates?
Dr Thomas Watts: After the exciting Debates we have had during the last few days, it is a relief to enter upon a discussion on a subject on which all parties are agreed, namely, the preservation and safeguarding of the health of our people. I should like to join with my hon. Friend the Member for Royton (Dr. V. Davies) in offering congratulations to the Minister for the interesting and able speech that he...
Dr Thomas Watts: Is it not the fact that officers of the Department had been over two years ago and reported favourably?
Dr Thomas Watts: In view of recent accidents, especially to pillion riders, wilt the right hon. Gentleman take some steps so that the large number of deaths, and fatal accidents may be averted?
Dr Thomas Watts: 5. asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to a resolution passed by the Newton Urban District Council refusing to sanction the use of foreign coal, which will result in the district being without water and light in a few days; and what action he proposes to take to see that the needs of this locality are provided for?
Dr Thomas Watts: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that a proof of the dangerous condition of this hill is the fact that a notice board has been put up inscribed with the words "Deathtrap"?
Dr Thomas Watts: Is the hon. Member aware there is a considerable danger in the use of zinc?
Dr Thomas Watts: I beg to move, in page 1, line 17, after the word "the," to insert the word "monthly." I have great sympathy with hon. Members opposite in their advocacy of the prohibition of lead paint, but, unfortunately, we have no efficient and safe substitute for it, and so we must fall back on our second line of defence, namely, regulation. I have had 25 years' experience with regard to lead poisoning,...
Dr Thomas Watts: In view of what my hon. and gallant Friend has said, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.
Dr Thomas Watts: I beg to move, in page 1, line 17, after the word "examination," to insert the words "by a certifying factory surgeon." This Amendment, again, is intended to strengthen the Regulations. Under the Bill, this examination can be made by any medical man. My object is to restrict the Department to an examination made by a certifying factory surgeon, that is to say, a surgeon who has had...
Dr Thomas Watts: I have listened with interest to the Debate, and I only regret that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor did not indicate that the Government have said all that could be said, and have done all that could be done. If they had said they had done all that it was humanly possible to do, and that henceforth they would cease to interfere in the dispute, I firmly believe—and I am speaking with...
Dr Thomas Watts: 36. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that many insured persons who wished to join the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act, 192;, Voluntary section, have been refused because they omitted to apply before 4th July, 1926; and if he will consider the question of extending the time limit?
Dr Thomas Watts: 48. asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been drawn to the grievances of pre-War pensioners; and if he will introduce legislation to amend the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1920, with a view to their removal?