§ Sir C. Bossom
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance why the disease, farmer's lung, has been classified 153W as an industrial injury, thereby ruling out the payment of compensation to small farmers in the self-employed insurance class
§ Miss Herbison
Self-employment is not insurable under the Industrial Injuries Act. In relation to insurable employment I have prescribed farmer's lung as an industrial disease under the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965, because I am satisfied, on the advice of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, that it fulfils the conditions in Section 56(2) of the Act.
A self-employed person who is incapacitated for work by reason of the disease can, of course, receive sickness benefit under the National Insurance Act.