11. Mr. Slater
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance the number of certified pneumoconiosis cases for the last 12 months in the mining industry in each area separately; and how such certifications compare with the last three years.
Can the Minister say whether there has been an increase or a decrease in the number of these pneumoconiosis cases during the period?
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, terrible as is the incidence of this disease in the mining industry, it is also prevalent amongst foundry workers? Will he see if figures can also be given to see what is its effect in this industry?
§ Following are the figures:19
§ Mr. Peake
I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman has floored me on this occasion. I wish he would put that point about procedure in the Scottish courts to the Secretary of State for Scotland. I have been in consultation with the Secretary of State on one point only, dealing with the payment of death grant in these particular cases.
§ Mr. Woodburn
As this provision deals with coroners' inquests, which do not take place in Scotland, is the right hon. Gentleman making alternative arrangements?