§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if his Department is taking any special steps to reduce the incidence of lead poisoning and chrome ulceration among workers in industry.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
I am advised by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that detailed control methods for lead and chromic acid fume are contained, for example, in requirements published or amended as recently as 1973. These are the Lead Code of Practice for Health Precautions and the Chromium Plating Regulations 1931 and 1973. Some improvements to the Lead Code are now being considered. This special effort in recent years is associated with a significant fall in the number of cases, notified in the last three years, of lead poisoning and chrome ulceration. Further efforts will be considered in the light of future experience.