HC Deb 25 November 1925 vol 188 cc1392-3W

asked the Minister of Health the number of deaths for 1924 in the fishing industry, bricklaying, sweeps, dock labourers, carmen and carriers, and the mining industry?


Figures of occupational mortality are obtained by the Registrar-General for those years only which are adjacent to the census year and are not available for 1924. For the period 1921–23 the figures asked for are as follow:

DEATHS during the Three Years 1921–1923 of Males aged 16 Years and over engaged in the following Occupations.
Occupation. No. of Deaths.
Fishermen 1,412
Bricklayers 4,585
Bricklayers' Labourers 1,990
Chimney sweeps 408
Dock labourers 6,519
Carmen and carriers (horse-drawn vehicles) 9,034
Coal miners (all occupations), viz.:—
Owners, agents, managers 353
Subordinate superintending staff 1,708
Hewers and getters 16,185
Persons conveying material to the shaft 2,267
Persons making and repairing roads 3,069
Other workers below ground 4,070
Other workers above ground 4,743
Metalliferous miners (all occupations) 1,416
Other miners and quarriers (all occupations) 2,305


asked the Home Secretary if he is aware of the statements that deaths from lead poisoning are on the increase among lead workers in the pottery trade, and that according to the latest statistics potters between the ages of 35 and 45 have the highest death rate in Great Britain; and whether he has any information as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the new Lead and Dust Regulations?


There has been a small increase during the last few years in the deaths from lead poisoning in the pottery trade, but this cannot be taken as any indication of the present conditions. The records show that in the great majority of cases the deceased had been employed in the industry for many years before the Regulations of 1913 came into force. There can be no doubt, I think, if one looks at the total number of cases, that the 1913 Regulations have been effective. Whereas during the six years 1907–1912 the average number of cases was 90, the average for the last six years, 1919–1924, was just under 36. It is significant also that in the fatal cases there has been a substantial rise in the average age of the deceased. The statement that potters between the ages of 35 and 45 have the highest death rate in Great Britain is, I believe, incorrect.