§ Mr. Thorne
asked the Home Secretary whether he can now give any information in connection with the escape of ammonia fumes at the Eldorado ice cream factory, Stamford Street, S.E., on 12th July, and how many persons were taken to the hospitals with severe burns; and whether the firm are paying compensation to the injured people?
§ Sir S. Hoare
The coroner's jury found that the pressure in the machine from which the ammonia escaped was excessive due to an error in manipulation; and I understand the connections on the machine are being altered in the light of what occurred. About 60 persons were taken to hospital at the time, of whom 15 were detained. I have no information as to the payment of compensation but I understand that the firm have paid those employés who were incapacitated by the accident a full week's wages for each of the last two weeks.