§ 79. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Labour in how many ports there was a port medical service in 1947 and in 1953; how many cases of port workers and non-port workers were treated; and when all our ports will be adequately covered by this service.
§ Mr. Watkinson
In 1947, there were 11 medical centres covering three ports. 128,148 treatments were given, but statistics are not available to distinguish between dock workers and other port workers.
By the end of 1953, 42 medical centres and seven first-aid rooms had been established in 30 ports; and during that year treatments were given to 143,826 dock workers and 63,694 other port workers.
As regards the last part of the Question, the National Dock Labour Board hope to provide medical centres or first-aid rooms in all major ports covered by the National Dock Labour scheme by the end of this year.