HC Deb 07 July 1958 vol 591 c29
48. The Rev. Ll. Williams

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many working days were lost in 1957, or the latest available year for which the figures are known, which were attributable to the incidence of bronchitis.

47. Miss Lee

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will state the number of working days lost as a result of bronchitis in each of the last five years fully recorded.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance (Mr. W. M. F. Vane)

I can answer only for the number of days of incapacity attributed to bronchitis among people insured for sickness benefit, which as they involve a table of figures, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The Rev. Ll. Williams

Is the Minister aware that, in a country which is as dependent as ours on maximum industrial production, these figures should not be taken complacently but demand drastic investigation by the Minister?

Mr. Vane

I assure the hon. Member that they will not be taken complacently.

The following are the figures:

1951(a) 26.61
1953–54(b)(c) 25.62
1954–55(b) 25.38
1955–56(b) 26.87
(a) calendar year;
(b) year from first Monday in June;
(c) 53 weeks.

Information for later periods is not available.

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