HC Deb 07 May 1924 vol 173 cc473-4W

asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health if he is aware that there has been another outbreak of spirochaetosis, or rat poison, in the same colliery in East Lothian; in view of this, will he take steps to institute a public inquiry so as to give assurance to the miners employed in that district; and is he aware that in one of the pits a section was stopped, with the result that no outbreak has been reported as having taken place since the date of stoppage?


I am aware that a fresh case is being treated in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. I am having full inquiry made as to the circumstances of the outbreak, and when I have received the report, I shall consult with the Secretary for Mines as to the expediency of holding a public inquiry. I have no information as to the last part of the question.