HC Deb 06 April 1894 vol 22 cc1507-8
MR. BARROW (Southwark, Bermondsey)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the Report of Dr. Waldo on the conditions under which a large proportion of the bakery business is being carried on in London; and whether the Local Authorities are impotent under the present law to enforce sanitary remedies; and, if so, will further legislation be introduced at the earliest possible opportunity to effect the object?


The Report referred to by my hon. Friend is not an official Report, but a Paper read by Dr. Waldo at a meeting of the Sanitary Institute. It certainly discloses a very deplorable state of things. I may remind my hon. Friend that there are provisions in the existing Factory and Workshops Acts under which Sanitary Authorities can take action to put a stop to abuses which render bakehouses unfit for use. Till an attempt has been made by Sani- tary Authorities to enforce these remedies and has failed I do not think it will be necessary to propose further legislation.

DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

Will the right hon. Gentleman cause inquiry to be made, with a view to stimulating the flagging action of the Local Authorities?


If I have power to stimulate the Local Authorities I will certainly do so.

MR. JOHN BURNS (Battersea)

Will the right hon. Gentleman, pending the action of the Local Authorities and the inquiry of his own medical officer, consider the advisability of issuing a Circular to all the Local Authorities, directing that all new bakehouses must be above ground and not under ground, as too many now are?


I will certainly consider that suggestion.