HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 c2258W
Mr. Leckie

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Mr. E. L. Malpass, 28, Lichfield Road, Little Bloxwich, Walsall, a caster, 28 years of age, has been totally incapacitated by silicosis contracted during his occupation and, owing to casting being a trade not specified in the Silicosis Act, he is not entitled to any compensation and is compelled to draw relief from the public assistance committee; that this is but one of many similar cases in Walsall; and if he will take early steps for the amendment of the Act to cover all genuine cases of silicosis however contracted?

Sir S. Hoare:

I am always ready to consider evidence that silicosis is being caused by an occupation not now covered by the compensation schemes, but as regards the case of Mr. Malpass, I understand that he was examined last February by the Medical Board who found no evidence of the disease, and accordingly refused a certificate under the scheme on medical grounds.