§ Mr. HUTCHISON
asked the Home Secretary whether he has now investigated the fatal accident which occurred in March last in connection with workmen descending into a sewer; and whether, in view of the further two casualties which have occurred this month in similar circumstances at Southend, he will consider the desirability of taking some action in the matter?946W
§ Mr. HACKING
I understand that neither of these accidents occurred on premises subject to the Factory Acts, and my right hon. Friend has no power in such cases to prescribe the precautions which should be taken against sewer gas poisoning. He will, however, consult with my right hon. and gallant Friend the Minister of Health as to what further action might be taken to prevent such accidents.