HC Deb 20 February 1930 vol 235 cc1566-7
54. Mr. HOPKIN

asked the Home Secretary if he is now ready to appoint a departmental committee to inquire into the causes and medical history of anthracosis as it is found in the anthracite district of South Wales, with the view of placing it upon the schedule of diseases under the Workmen's Compensation Act?


I have still no evidence before me to show that the condition of the lungs described as anthracosis is a cause of disablement. The Medical Research Council, however, are setting up, at my request, an expert Committee to institute and coordinate research into pulmonary disease from silica and other dusts, and with the concurrence of the Mines Department I propose to bring the question of the effects of coal dust under the consideration of this Committee.