§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of Rose Muir, aged 18, employed by Messrs. Hughes, earthenware manufacturers, of Langport, as a ware carrier, at present receiving workmen's compensation at the rate of 8s. 7d. per week in respect of incapacity arising out of lead poisoning; and whether the regulations for the prevention of lead poisoning are strictly enforced in connection with this firm's business?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I have received a report on this case, which was investigated by the factory inspector in August last shortly after its occurrence. The girl was employed as a carrier to glost placers, and the report shows that the conditions of both the dipping house and glost placing room were good and that the regulations generally were complied with. A low solubility glaze was being used and samples taken of this glaze were analysed and found satisfactory. It appears, however, that there had been some careless washing of the caps and overalls (in regard to which suitable action was taken), and this may have been a source of danger.