§ Dr. Morgan
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the dockers and dock workers now on strike at various British ports have stipulated, as one of their grievances, the poor medical service provided for men engaged in dock work, and whether, irrespective of considering other terms of service and agreement, any attempt is being made now to organise a medical service, special to dock areas, for accident treatment, disease alleviation and rehabilitation.
§ Mr. Isaacs
I am aware that the question of medical and port welfare services in the ports is part of the trade union claim on which negotiations are now being resumed. The question of developing first aid and other medical services for dock workers, with special medical centres at large ports, was taken up some time ago. Such centres have already been established on Merseyside, Clydeside, and at Manchester, and the matter is being actively pursued as regards other areas.