HC Deb 20 June 1935 vol 303 c524

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give the House any information in connection with the death of a potato digger at St. Helier, who was sent from Torrington Employment Exchange, Devon; whether he can state the cause of death; and whether he receives from time to time reports in connection with the housing and working conditions of workers who are engaged from British employment exchanges to dig potatoes in Jersey?


Mr. Mules applied and was engaged for work as a potato lifter in Jersey. On the 6th June he had a sudden collapse while at work and was conveyed to hospital, where, I regret to say, he died. Death was due to syncope arising from duodenal trouble. Mr. Mules had previously been employed on this work, and there was no medical evidence to suggest that he was unfit for it. In reply to the last part of the question, it is the case that officers of the Ministry are stationed in Jersey throughout the potato lifting season, who keep in touch with conditions and furnish weekly reports.


Have any arrangements been made for the body to be sent back to his home?


I believe that that is so.