HC Deb 20 June 1950 vol 476 cc1035-6
2. Mr. Snow

asked the Minister of National Insurance whether she will now take steps to prescribe dupuytren's contraction under Section 55 of the Industrial Injuries Act, 1946, in view of the case of Mr. John Kiley of 12 Green Lane, Rugeley.

Dr. Summerskill

The claim of Mr. Kiley is now before the Industrial Injuries Commissioner on appeal and I am, therefore, unable to comment on any implications it may have.

Mr. Snow

Will my right hon. Friend ask the Commissioner to show more expedition in this case which has been before him for a long time; and, secondly, will she consider, in view of the need to provide more evidence about the incidence of this disease, circularising the trade union medical authorities to try to secure further evidence, so that she may prescribe it in the Act?

Dr. Summerskill

I would ask my hon. Friend to ask any trade union with which he is in contact to furnish me with particulars of any case, and I shall be only too happy to look at it. I would remind him that the regional officer in Birmingham has furnished my Department so far with only one case.