HC Deb 23 June 1967 vol 748 c366W
Mr. Edward Lyons

asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to ensure that the general public are made aware that the use of old car battery casings as a fuel cause lead poisoning and death.

Mr. Snow

After an outbreak of lead poisoning at Rotherham in December, 1954, my Department wrote to Medical Officers of Health drawing attention to the dangers of using old battery cases as a fuel. These dangers have, as a result of the recent incident in Bradford, now been widely publicised again, but when full information is available my right hon. Friend will consider a further letter to Medical Officers of Health urging the need for continued vigilance.