HC Deb 05 November 1936 vol 317 cc223-4

asked the Home Secretary whether it is the intention to set up a committee to inquire and report on bronchial troubles among textile workers consequent upon the prevalence of dust in card rooms, with a view to arriving at a scheme whereby compensation may be paid in these cases; and when it is proposed to set up such a committee and the probable date it will commence to function?


As previously explained, the Workmen's Compensation Act does not appear to be applicable owing to the difficulty of distinguishing the cases in which the illness is due to the dust, but my right hon. Friend is considering the setting up of a committee to explore the question whether a workable scheme can be devised for providing some compensation for cardroom and certain other works disabled by respiratory illness as indicated in the report of the Committee on Dust in Cardrooms, and he hopes to be able to make an announcement at a very early date.