HC Deb 20 June 1917 vol 94 c1763
21. Mr. RAFFAN

asked the Under secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Private J. W. Wilkinson, 240th Company, Army Service Corps, who was passed into the Army as the result of a medical examination at Pendleton on 9th and 10th December, 1916, although he had been certified by five medical practitioners to be suffering from lead poisoning and was at the time in receipt of compensation under the Workmen's Compensation Act; whether he is aware that this man's health was uniformly bad during his period of Army service, that he was discharged from hospital after spending ninety days there, and died at home the following week; whether the Leigh Trades Council has asked for a full investigation into all the circumstances of the case; and, if so, whether this investigation will be granted?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)

I am afraid that I cannot answer this without making inquiries, but I will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as I am in a position to do so.


May I take it that thorough investigation will be made?