§ Mr. OLIVER
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the very unhealthy conditions under which persons are employed by the British Celanese Company, Limited, Spondon, through the noxious fumes arising from the acetone used in the manufacture of artificial silk, where doors and windows are closed and curtained; that, owing to this lack of ventilation, violent sickness is caused among the operatives, bringing on a complaint known as acetone gastritis, affect 963W ing no less than 20 per cent. of the men employed in the week ending 7th March; and whether he will cause inquiries to be made with a view to taking the necessary steps to safeguard the health of the workpeople employed?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
It appears from the reports I have received from the Factory Department that the conditions at these works are already being carefully investigated. The hon. Member may rest assured that everything necessary will be done to safeguard the health of the workers.