HC Deb 01 March 1900 vol 79 cc1435-6
MR. EMMOTT () Oldham

I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether his attention has been called to the condition of the Oldham County Court, which is stated to have been the cause of the recent death of the late Judge Edwin Jones; whether he is aware that the external walls of the county court are built without cavities, and that no damp resisting material was used above the ground line; that the contractor who built the court remonstrated against the defects; and that the local authority would not have passed the plans had they had jurisdiction in the matter; and whether, having regard to the danger to the health of those who now have to use the court caused by the present condition of the building, he will cause inquiry to be made, and, if possible, some remedy to be applied.


I am not aware of any recent complaints of dampness in the structure of the Oldham County Court, and from what I have been able to ascer- tain there is no evidence that the late judge's illness was due to such defects. I am having inquiry made into the allegations with a view to any improvement that may be necessary.