HC Deb 17 February 1944 vol 397 c313
1. Mr. James Griffiths

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the increase in the number of miners who are compelled to leave the mines on being certified under the Silicosis and Pneumo-Koniosis Orders; and, as these men are available for other forms of work suitable to their condition, providing it is near their home, whether he will take steps to secure the establishment of suitable industries in the areas concerned.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

I am aware that there has been some increase. It is the policy of the Government that expansions of production should take place, as far as possible and where technical considerations allow, in areas where labour is available, and I can assure my hon. Friend that the areas to which he refers are not being overlooked.

Mr. Griffiths

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that, owing to the certifications under the new Order, there are likely to be hundreds of men certified as partially disabled in the West Wales area in the next few months?

Mr. Bevin

Yes. I shall have a chance of dealing with this special problem as soon as the Disablement Bill becomes law.

Mr. George Griffiths

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a number of collieries are refusing to take back men who are partially incapacitated, although they have jobs suitable for them? Will he deal with these people?

Mr. Bevin

We had a long Debate last week on the whole problem. I must wait for the Act before I can deal with it.