§ SIR C. DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to a serious case of phosphorus poisoning at Messrs. Moreland and Sons, at Gloucester, which, instead of being reported in accordance with the special rules, had been concealed by the foreman; is he aware that, in spite of the seriousness of the case, a fine of only 10s. was inflicted; and if there are any steps which he can take in the matter?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. W. RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
Yes, certainly my attention has been called to this case; as the right honourable Baronet must be aware, the offence was discovered and the prosecution instituted by the Factory Inspector. The amount of the fine was 10s., or with costs, £2 6s. 6d. There are no further steps which can be usefully taken in the case, but I have reason to believe that the conviction will have the desired effect of securing in future a better compliance on the part of this firm with the requirements of the Act.