HC Deb 01 December 1931 vol 260 cc909-10
10. Mr. TINKER

asked the Secretary for Mines if he is in a position to state the number of mine workers who have been refused employment underground owing to having drawn compensation for nystagmus?


I regret that this information is not available. As it is improbable that colliery companies keep a record of applicants for employment and of the reasons why employment is refused, I am afraid that the information could not be obtained with a reasonable degree of accuracy.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that men suffering from this disease have to declare before they are signed on, and that consequently the figures could be obtained in that way?


The only figures available to the Department are those which are set out in the report for 1930. The hon. Gentleman is probably acquainted with those figures. This is the only reliable information which we have upon the matter.

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