HC Deb 22 February 1965 vol 707 cc16-7
18. Mr. Orbach

asked the Minister of Labour, in view of the danger of occupational bladder tumour in the rubber industry, if he will call upon firms who have used or are using beta-naphthylamine and other similar chemicals to have their employees and ex-employees who were in contact with these substances medically examined, regularly screened and, when necessary, given treatment.

Mr. Gunter

I made it clear in my statement on 15th February that I was advising the industries and firms concerned in this sense.

Mr. Orbach

In view on the increasing number of deaths attributed to the use of aromatic amines in the rubber and other industries, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he is sure that every possible step has been taken to seek out the employees and former employees of all the companies concerned?

Mr. Gunter

As I think my hon. Friend knows, I propose to have immediate discussions with the trade unions to ensure that what my hon. Friend has mentioned is done.