§ MR. FULLER (Wiltshire, Westbury)
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the insanitary condition of certain cheaper kinds of flock used in the manufacture of cheap mattresses; and whether he will take steps, by legislation or otherwise, for the prevention of the spread of infectious disease arising from the use of insanitary and unwashed materials.
(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) My attention has been drawn to the sale and use of unwashed flock for bedding and other purposes. The compulsory cleansing of the materials referred to could not be generally secured under the existing law. The point has been noted for consideration, but I cannot at present hold out any prospect of legislation on the subject.