HC Deb 29 July 1908 vol 193 cc1455-6

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in the case of factory chimneys in the vicinity of danger buildings where explosives are manufactured, regulations are made ordering the chimneys to be fitted with spark catchers within certain limits of distance; and, if so, what is the date of the regulation and what is the authorised limit.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) There is no general regulation to this effect, but the fitting of a spark catcher is an ordinary precaution which is very often adopted in explosives factories; and in factories licensed under the Explosives Act the fitting of an efficient spark catcher is, where deemed necessary, specifically required. A spark catcher is practically never required for the-chimney shaft of another factory in the vicinity of an explosives factory, because each danger building of an explosives factory (if licensed under the Act) has to observe a specified distance from, every factory outside the licensed area.