Westminster Hall Roof (Insecticide).

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1922.

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Photo of Major Sir Richard Barnett Major Sir Richard Barnett , St Pancras South West

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asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he will state the formula of the narcotic mixture which has been used for many months past during the repair of the roof of Westminster Hall; whether there is any evidence that the animalcule infesting the woodwork of that building are destroyed by the application of this mixture; and, in any event, whether any results are being obtained from its use which can compensate for the inconvenience and annoyance daily inflicted upon hon. Members of this House, the general public, the police force, and staff, by the nauseous fumes which are generated?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The insecticide in question is a mixed solution of ortho-paradichlor-benzene. The answer to the second and third parts of the question is in the affirmative.

Photo of Major Sir Richard Barnett Major Sir Richard Barnett , St Pancras South West

Does not my hon. and gallant Friend realise that the benefit to be derived by the Hall a hundred years hence is no consolation to hon. Members who are being poisoned to-day?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

There is no question of poisoning Members to-day—none whatever.