§ MR. ALDEN
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that during the months of January and February of this year there were seventeen cases of lead-poisoning in the china and earthenware industry, as against ten for the same two months of 1907; that seven out of the ten persons affected by lead-poisoning during the month of February this year were females; whether he can inform the House as to the number of china and earthenware factories represented by these cases; and how many of these cases have resulted in death.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
The figures quoted by my hon. friend are correct. The seventeen cases occurred in fourteen factories and one of them was fatal. As I have already announced, I am appointing a Committee to make a further inquiry with regard to lead poisoning in this industry.