§ 7. Mr. VIANT
asked the Home Secretary whether he can indicate generally the results of the working of the Lead Paint Act, 1926; and whether he will now consider the propriety of ratifying the International Convention of 1921 with regard to white lead?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
Reports recently received indicate that, as a result of the co-operation between the inspectors and the industry, substantial progress has been made in compliance with the Act and Regulations, but, as the Regulations only came into operation on the 1st October, 1927, and have therefore, been in force for less than 18 months, it is not possible yet to form any reliable estimate as to their efficiency. The Act was passed on the understanding that, before prohibition was resorted to, the effect of regulations should be tried, and I am not, therefore, prepared to reopen this question at present.