HC Deb 27 February 1936 vol 309 cc625-6
26. Mr. LEACH

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider introducing further legislation to ensure prompter and easier certification of cases of silicosis in the mining and quarrying industry, and to ensure that compensation and measures for the recovery of the victims may be made more certain?


I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Carmarthen (Mr. Hopkin) on the 13th of this month. If the hon. Member will be good enough to send me a statement showing where and how it is suggested that the medical arrangements and the procedure under the silicosis schemes could be improved, I shall be happy to consider it.


Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that both the law and the regulations operate very harshly towards these poor fellows?


It is a very complicated subject, as the hon. Member knows, but I have the fullest sympathy with those who want to have the whole situation cleared up and made as simple as possible.