§ 37. Mr. T. SMITH (for Mr. EDWARD WILLIAMS)
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is prepared to set up 187 a committee to inquire into the effect of stone dusting as a contributory cause of silicosis?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
The problems of the causation and diagnosis of silicosis are being investigated under the direction of the Industrial Pulmonary Diseases Committee of the Medical Research Council and in other quarters. This, I believe to be the best method of attacking the problem of this disease, and at the present stage of the investigations I do not think the suggested committee would serve any useful purpose. At a later stage, however, I will take the suggestion of the hon. Member into consideration.
§ Mr. TURTON
Would it not be simpler to make silicosis an industrial disease under the Workmen's Compensation Act?