HC Deb 13 August 1909 vol 9 cc937-8W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the extensive use of tetrachloride of carbon as a hair-wash; whether his attention has been called to a recent death of a young lady while her hair was being shampooed with this compound; whether his attention has been directed to the poisonous properties of carbon tetra-chloride; whether any restrictions upon the sale or use of this compound at present exist; and whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter?


My attention has been called to the use of tetra-chloride of carbon as a hair-wash, to the very great danger involved, and to the death referred to by my hon. Friend. I am informed by the Privy Council that tetra-chloride of carbon is not a poison within the meaning of the Pharmacy Acts, and there are, therefore, no restrictions as to its sale. As regards the steps to be taken in the matter, I can only say that the Director of Public Prosecutions has the question of a prosecution now under his consideration.