HC Deb 05 March 1946 vol 420 cc160-1
22. Colonel Stoddart-Scott

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that under Section 85 of the Coal Mines Act, 1911, 2 per cent. alcoholic solution of iodine, or other antiseptics approved by the Board of Trade must be available for first aid underground; and, as other and more modern antiseptics than iodine are available on the surface, what modern and more efficacious antiseptics have the Board of Trade approved for use underground.

Mr. Shinwell

No alternative antiseptic to iodine has yet been approved for use underground. Practical trials are, however, being made underground to determine the effectiveness and general suitability under those conditions of other forms of antiseptic, and the position will be reviewed when the results of the trials are known.