§ 110. Mr. Lawson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he proposes taking so to improve the health of insured employees in Scotland as to reduce the incidence of sickness causing absence from work in Scotland to levels which compare more favourably with those prevailing in the Midlands Division of England.
§ Mr. Maclay
Many factors, including industrial and environmental conditions, contribute to the geographical variations in the incidence of sickness among insured persons. In Scotland the full resources of the Health Services are being used both for the prevention and the treatment of sickness, and the major causes of long term incapacity for work are the subject of research in a number of hospitals and medical schools.