HC Deb 20 July 1959 vol 609 cc849-50
24. Mr. Brockway

asked the Minister of Health what provision is being made to enable the Occupational Health Service at Slough to maintain and extend its work.

Mr. R. Thompson

The Slough Industrial Health Service is a voluntary organisation which is not in the National Health Service, and I have no information about its proposals for future maintenance and extension.

Mr. Brockway

Will the Parliamentary Secretary discuss this matter with his colleagues in the Ministry of Labour and National Service who have recently visited this hospital? Is it not the case that this service is doing unique work in research on the effects of noise and of heat and dust, and is doing it for industry throughout the country in connection with leading hospitals? Should there not be some Government assistance for this valuable effort?

Mr. Thompson

I have no precise information about any research activities of the Slough Industrial Health Service in this context. As the hon. Member indicated, this is primarily a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service. I will certainly keep in touch with him on this subject.

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