18. Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked whether the recommendation of the Retrenchment Committee to discontinue the reporting of accidents by certifying factory surgeons was made after receiving information from the Home Office as to the value of the evidence of an independent surgeon, who has examined and interrogated the injured person, in determining 1643 the causation of preventible factory accidents, and as to the value to an injured person of an independent and skilled opinion; and whether the Department proposes to act upon the recommendation?
The Committee took evidence from the Home Office before making their report. The question of the value of the certifying surgeons' inquiries is a matter for discussion which had better perhaps be reserved till the Bill I am proposing to introduce is before the House. Meantime, I would refer the hon. Member to the Report of the Accidents Committee of 1911.