§ Mr. Messer
asked the Home Secretary whether he has any statement to make regarding the accident in Southwark in which many children were burned by sulphuric acid from a carboy which fell from a lorry; and is he satisfied that the present regulations for the loading of goods vehicles are adequate for the safety of the public?
§ Mr. Lloyd
This accident occurred on the 27th May. I understand that sulphuric acid was spilt on the roadway from a lorry in which it was being conveyed and that 12 children who stepped or fell in it suffered burns for which they received hospital treatment. Only two of them were detained in hospital, and I am glad to say that their injuries are reported not to be serious. I understand that the question whether there was failure to comply with the existing regulations as to the use of motor vehicles is under consideration.
§ Mr. D. Somerville
asked the Home Secretary whether he will state the number of street accidents, fatal and otherwise, in the borough of Willesden during the year 1937 and since 1st January last, respectively?
§ Sir S. Hoare
During 1937 the number of street accidents in Willesden was 1,066, including 18 fatal accidents; and in the four months ended 30th April, 1938, the corresponding number was 347, of which seven were fatal.