HC Deb 16 May 1881 vol 261 c567

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he can state the number of work-people employed by cement; manufacturers in England; and, whether any complaints have been received by the Local Government Board from inhabitants of parishes where cement works are carried on?


Sir, I have no information as to the number of work-people employed in cement works in England; but as far as I have been able to ascertain, there are altogether between 100 and 150 of such works. The Local Government Board have not, so far as I am aware, received any formal complaints from sanitary authorities where these works are carried on; but complaints were made by residents before the Royal Commission, and the Board themselves have received complaints of the injurious effects of these works from persons affected by them, and notably from the pilots and others interested in the traffic of the River Thames.