HC Deb 19 March 1913 vol 50 cc1045-6
76. Mr. SUTTON

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to an explosion and fire which took place on Tuesday evening, 11th March, last at the works of Messrs. James Laing, Son, and Company, drysalters, Holt Town, Manchester; whether he is aware that eight men were severely burnt, two having since died from their injuries; whether he is aware that on 21st March, 1911, a similar explosion and fire took place at the same works, causing loss of life to three men; and whether he will consider the advisability of making full inquiry into the cause of the last explosion?


The explosion has been reported to the Department, and inquiries as to the cause are now proceeding. I can assure my hon. Friend that the fullest investigation will be made, and the Department will also be represented at the adjourned inquest.


Were any precautions taken after the first explosion to prevent a second explosion?


I shall be glad if my hon. Friend will give me notice of that question.