HC Deb 26 March 1907 vol 171 c1647

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the inquest held at Sunderland on 18th March instant as to the death of Ann Wilson, aged sixteen years, during the hearing of which the house surgeon at the infirmary said that death was due to blood poisoning, which had been set up by the dressing from the calico, the coroner further remarking that the calico was laden with as much dressing as manufacturers cared to put into it for trade purposes, either to obtain a better price for it or to improve its appearance; and, if so, whether it is his intention to introduce any legislation having for its object the restriction of the sale of calico containing matter of such a dangerous character.


I have obtained a piece of this calico and I am taking steps to obtain an expert opinion upon it and upon all the circumstances of the case.