HC Deb 28 October 1943 vol 393 cc362-3
26. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that cases have recently arisen in Lancashire where one time textile operatives are now suffering from what is commonly called spinner's cancer; that the mills in which they were ordinarily employed have been closed by Government for more than 12 months; that they have therefore lost contact where the disease originated and with their employers for the 12 months mentioned in Section 43 of the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925, and cannot claim compensation in respect of their incapacity; and can he do anything to remedy this state of affairs?

Mr. H. Morrison

My attention has not previously been drawn to cases such as those referred to in the Question. I feel doubtful whether it would be possible for me to take any action, but if my hon. Friend will be good enough to furnish me with particulars of the cases I shall be glad to consider the position further.