HC Deb 18 October 1971 vol 823 cc349-50
9. Mr. William Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what arrangements he is making for a Mass Radiography Service to be continued in those areas with a connection with the slate quarrying industry.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

The mobile X-ray unit provided by the Welsh Hospital Board is available for use throughout Wales. The Board has already told all firms in the industry that it will consider sympathetically requests from them for visits.

Mr. Edwards

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that the firms involved in this industry are very small and that the major factor which holds back young people thinking of entering the industry in these areas is the concern about silicosis? Would he undertake an active programme in this area to bring reassurance to people in the industry that the silicosis disease is now controlled?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I would certainly be prepared to look into what the hon. Gentleman has said, but my information is that all industries, big and small, are fully aware of what is available from the unit.