HC Deb 06 January 1916 vol 77 cc1096-7
54. Major WHELER

asked what steps are being taken at controlled munition factories, and especially new factories situated on the outskirts of towns where high explosive is being made, to prevent the poisonous acid fumes doing injury to the neighbouring agricultural land and timber?


In all factories erected by or under the supervision of the Minister the plant is designed and the acid fumes are dealt with as if the factories belonged to private owners and the obligations imposed upon owners by Statute had to be complied with. Complaints have been received in connection with one factory with regard to acid fumes, but steps have now been taken to remedy the defect.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in several cases of which I have heard considerable damage has been and is being done by these fumes near land which is very valuable for dairy purposes and so on?


I know of only one case. If the hon. Member will give me details of the others I will inquire into them.