HC Deb 30 November 1893 vol 19 cc93-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the case of a workman who applied to the Bethnal Green Guardians for relief, by reason of incapacity brought on by working in a white-lead factory, his wrists being rendered useless for work after so working for the space of six years; whether anything can further be done to lessen the unhealthy nature of such work and render white-lead factories less dangerous to the health of those who are employed in them; and whether the Factory Inspectors keep the Home Office fully informed as to the preventive measures necessary in such factories?


The case to which my hon. Friend refers is one of a class which are, I fear, not uncommon, though happily less frequent than they used to be. With a view of ascertaining what improvements could be made in the Special Rules which regulate the white-lead industry, an exhaustive inquiry has been made by a Departmental Committee, who have visited various works in different parts of the country, and collected a mass of evidence. They are now preparing their Report for the information of the Secretary of State, and I understand that it will be completed in a few days.

SIR F. S. POWELL (Wigan)

Is it intended to publish the evidence?


I must see the Report before I decide that.