HC Deb 01 November 1938 vol 340 cc9-10
11. Miss Ward

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can announce any beneficial result from the conversations which have taken place between his Department and the Home Office on the subject of miners' nystagmus?

The Secretary for Mines (Captain Crookshank)

I assume that this question arises on the report of the Departmental Committee, which dealt mainly with questions arising under the Workmen's Compensation Acts. That Committee also made recommendations for the improvement of mine lighting which directly concerned my Department, and this subject has been further dealt with in a circular letter to the coal mining industry sent out on 30th September last. I will send my hon. Friend a copy.

Miss Ward

While thanking my hon. and gallant Friend for that information, may I ask whether conversations are continuing on the subject of other recommendations to deal with miners' nystagmus, etc.?

Captain Crookshank

I do not think the hon. Lady quite heard my reply. I said the matter which directly concerned me had been dealt with.

Mr. George Griffiths

Is it not a fact that these men have been for 10 years looking for some help from the Minister's Department, and that, according to his statement, they are going to get none?