HC Deb 30 July 1925 vol 187 c599
12. Viscount SANDON

asked the Home Secretary whether he has any statistics showing that dock labourers run special risks of disease by reason of handling foreign cargoes; and, if so, whether he will introduce legislation to bring such cases within the machinery of the Workmen's Compensation Act?


Statistics are published annually by my Department in the Workmen's Compensation Statistics, in respect of certain diseases, such as anthrax, which have already been scheduled under the Compensation Act as specific to the employment; but I take it my Noble Friend is referring not to these but to diseases of an ordinary character. If so, I have no statistics showing that dock workers run special risks, and the second part of the question does not, therefore, arise. I may, however, refer my Noble Friend to the Report of the Holman-Gregory Committee on the subject.

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