HC Deb 20 April 1926 vol 194 cc1002-3
8. Colonel APPLIN

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that large quantities of Japanese hair brushes and tooth brushes of a very cheap quality have been recently imported into this country; if he can give the number and value of these brushes; and what steps he is taking to protect the public from the risk of anthrax and British brushmakers from being thrown out of employment thereby?


The answer is rather a long one, and contains a table of figures. I will, accordingly, with the permission of my hon. and gallant Friend, have it circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


May we have an answer to the latter part of the question with regard to the steps taken to protect the public?


If there is any question to be asked really relating to that, it should be put to the Home Office.


Is it not a fact that the hairs of these brushes come out, and cause appendicitis?


I should require notice of that question, but I think it probably ought to be addressed to the Ministry of Health, and I certainly could not give an answer without notice.

Following is the reply

The imports of toilet brushes consigned from Japan in the first three months of this year compare as follows with those in the corresponding period of 1925:

January March, 1925. January March, 1926.
Tooth Brushes—Dozens 184,274 123,753
Value 24,308 17,349
Other Toilet—Dozens 19,149 16,598
Brushes. Value 18,066 14,015

In answer to the rest of the question, the necessity for action to guard against risk of anthrax is a matter for the consideration of the Home Secretary; whilst as regards employment, the Commit-tee of Inquiry which I recently appointed, reported after a very thorough investigation that the brush industry did not fulfil the conditions laid down in the White Paper relating to the Safeguarding of Industries.