§ *SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the following cases have been reported to the Home Office as cases of lead poisoning:—John James Brooks, glost placer, at Johnston's, Hanley; Edward Gibson, dipper, at Johnson's, Burslem; Thomas Walker, ground layer, at Grimwade's; Ellen Harrup, litho duster, at Booth's; Harriett Hall, litho transfer duster, at Chromo Transfer Company's; and, if not, why they were not so reported.
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
The case of Gibson has been duly notified as one of lead poisoning. The cases of Brooks, Harrup, and Hall have not 926 been notified, and they are not believed by their medical attendants to be cases of lead poisoning, and I may say that two of these persons (being women) were, on examination by the certifying surgeon, suspended from employment in August last. The reasons for suspension may be various; but if the surgeon had believed them to be lead poisoning, it would have been his duty also to report them. The remaining case of Walker is one of paralysis of the wrist developed three years ago, when the man consulted the late Dr. Arlidge. I cannot say why Dr. Arlidge did not notify the case. I am informed that the man has not since that date consulted a medical man.