HC Deb 13 February 1930 vol 235 cc590-1
37. Mr. JOWETT

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the death from anthrax of Mm. Lily Kalaher, who had been employed as a woolsorter by Messrs. William Root, Limited, of Bradford, and to the evidence given by Dr. Eurich, bacteriologist, at the inquest to the effect that the grey Syrian wool that she had been sorting ought to be scheduled as dangerous and that the disinfectant used as a precaution against anthrax at the mill was use-lees; and, if so, whether he intends to schedule grey Syrian wool as a dangerous wool without further delay?


I have received a report on this case by the factory inspector who attended the inquest. This shows that Dr. Eurich gave evidence to the effect suggested in the question, but it also appears that previous to the onset of the disease the unfortunate woman had been sorting other material besides grey Syrian wool and the precise origin of the infection does not seem to have been established at the inquest. The question of an extension of the Wool Sorting Regulations deserves and will receive prompt and serious consideration, but it will be necessary, before any decision is reached, to make further inquiries and review the position in the light of all the information available. I may add that the inspector reports that the requirements of the regulations were fully observed by this firm and were applied not only to scheduled but also to non-scheduled wools, so that even if grey Syrian wool had been scheduled, it would not apparently, have made any difference in this case.