HC Deb 18 April 1923 vol 162 cc2088-9W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that J. W. Launders, 3/3, Newhall Road, Sheffield, was, prior to the War, engaged for some years as an erector; that this man is suffering from a gunshot wound in his right eye, causing impaired eyesight, and that although offered employment at his own trade, he was obliged to decline it owing to the risk; and why, under these circumstances, the Leeds district commissioner of medical services has stated that Launders is suffering from no appreciable disability and is fit to follow his pre-War occupation without diminution of earning capacity and has refused him training in some less hazardous occupation?


Mr. Launders suffered from a gunshot wound in the right eye; but the present defect in his eyesight, which is corrected by glasses, was found to be due to myopia. His disability pension ceased in January. 1922, and there has been no appeal. A medical re-examination, which was specially arranged for him on 14th February, 1923, confirmed that he was fit to follow his pre-War occupation as erector, without diminution of earning capacity. I fear, therefore, that he is not eligible to be trained by the Ministry of Labour for some other occupation.