HC Deb 14 November 1939 vol 353 cc568-9W
Mr. Jackson

asked the Minister of Health whether he will cause instructions to be issued to approved societies to submit cases of miners suffering from silicosis to a preliminary examination by the regional medical officers before their cases are submitted to the Home Office Medical Board, in view of the instructions now contained in Circular A.S. 322?

Mr. Elliot

I am sending the hon. Member a copy of Circular A.S. 323, from paragraph 47 of which he will see that approved societies have already been informed that, as a consequence of the suspension of the regional medical service, the Silicosis Medical Board have been instructed that, for the present, they may entertain applications from workmen on payment of the reduced fee of 30s., if a certificate is produced from a qualified medical practitioner indicating that the workman is, or may reasonably be suspected to be, suffering from silicosis.