HC Deb 09 July 1936 vol 314 cc1376-7
19. Captain PLUGGE

asked the Home Secretary how many deaths have occurred during the past three years from silicosis; and what steps are being taken to co-ordinate the activities of all concerned in this matter with a view to reducing the deaths from this cause?


I am informed that during the three years 1933 to 1935, 470 deaths were certified by the Medical Board under the Silicosis and Asbestosis (Medical Arrangements) Scheme to have been caused by silicosis or by silicosis accompanied by tuberculosis. In recent years much has been done by safeguarding workers in the industries concerned against inhalation of silica dust, and otherwise to reduce both the incidence and the seriousness of the disease. I need not assure my hon. and gallant Friend that the importance of this matter is fully appreciated, and there is close co-operation between the Home Office, the Mines Department, the Silicosis Medical Board and the Medical Research Council.