§ MR. ARTHUR HENDERSON (Durham, Barnard Castle)
I beg to ask the 1140 Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the increase in the number of cases of lead poisoning in the coach-making industry for the five months ending May, 1906, the number being thirty-five as compared with nineteen for the corresponding period of 1905; whether he can apportion the number of cases in factories and workshops respectively; and whether he proposes to establish any additional precautions by way of special rules or otherwise.
§ * MR. GLADSTONE
Yes, Sir; the number of cases in the first five months of 1905 was, however, exceptionally small, the average for the corresponding periods of the six years 1901–6 inclusive, being twenty-six. Of thirty-five cases which took place in the first five months of 1906, twenty-seven occurred in factories and eight in workshops. The question of framing regulations is under my consideration.