HC Deb 22 November 1938 vol 341 cc1493-4
56. Mrs. Hardie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can give any information regarding the clinical inquiry being made by the Department of Health for Scotland into the problem of chronic incapacity of insured workers in Scotland?

Mr. Colville

This inquiry, the general lines of which were explained in the Department's Annual Report for 1937, is still proceeding. It is too early to give any indication of the conclusions which may be drawn. I might mention, however, that about 25,000 cases have now been reviewed, of which some 5,000 have undergone special clinical examination.

Mrs. Hardie

Does the inquiry into the disabilities of young people in industry cover the conditions of employment, the fact that they are subject to long spells of unemployment, and the conditions in their homes, particularly in cases where other members of the family are unemployed and are subject to the means test?

Mr. Colville

The inquiry covers a very wide range. If the hon. Lady would like me to do so, I will let her have further details as to the nature of the employments covered.

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

Do the figures bear out what has been referred to as the rise in the standard of living in the last seven years?

Mr. Colville

The figures only show that the Department has been carrying out its work.