§ Mr. Sandys
I regret that a serious explosion took place in one of the Royal Ordnance Factories in the early hours of Friday, 15th September. The accident occurred in a building where an explosive filling of a new type was being undertaken. Five women and four men were killed and one man was seriously injured. In addition, ten other persons were also detained in hospital, suffering mainly from cuts and bruises. For several hours after the main explosion, small fires broke out and other lesser explosions occurred. However, as a result of the courageous and efficient work of the management staff, factory fire brigade and auxiliary services, the effects of the explosion were confined to the one building. A Court of Inquiry under the Chairmanship of His Majesty's Chief Inspector of Explosives was held on 18th and 19th September and their report is expected shortly. I am sure the House will wish to join in expressing sympathy with those who have been bereaved and injured.