Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Minister Health if he will give instructions to his hospital architecture and design unit to give consideration to the importance of limiting heat loss by the use of double windows, fibre glass and similar insulating materials.
Mr Somerville Hastings: Do not the Parliamentary Secretary and his right hon. and learned Friend realise that greater care regarding heat insulation would avoid the necessity of polluting the air by sulphur oxide from the heating of hospitals, which was so much objected to, and rightly, by the Manchester City Council?
Mr Somerville Hastings: In the cases in which improvements have been carried out, has the amount of sulphur dioxide as well as the amount of smoke been reduced?
Mr Somerville Hastings: I do not think we have yet heard the last word about the definition of "psychopath" or "psychopathic disorder", but what we have to do in the Bill is to define the condition in terms which will be understood, not by a doctor or someone else skilled in the treatment of mental disease, but by those who are not doctors, by lawyers and other persons in the courts. In my view—here I differ from...
Mr Somerville Hastings: In the report, will the Minister include ancient monuments surrounding Avebury, which presumably have a good deal to do with the original structure?
Mr Somerville Hastings: We have listened with great interest to a detailed speech from the Minister telling us what he is doing for the prevention and treatment of diseases. A good deal more can and ought to be done for the prevention of certain diseases, and I should like to consider chest diseases, particularly chronic bronchitis. There is no doubt that chronic bronchitis is a dangerous and serious problem. The...
Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Minister of Health how many outbreaks of food poisoning have occurred in hospitals under his direction within the last year for which records are available; in how many of these the probable sources of infection were identified: and what they were.
Mr Somerville Hastings: Will the Parliamentary Secretary take special care to see that those engaged in the preparation of food in hospitals have some elementary instruction about the dangers of the work in which they are engaged and the possibility of infecting a whole hospital, as has happened more than once, by a cut on the finger being neglected or something of that sort?
Mr Somerville Hastings: Are tests made as to the vitamin content of various samples of orange juice so that we may be quite sure that they remain equally valuable for children, who need them so much?
Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Paymaster-General what percentage of shale is permissible under his regulations in coke sold for domestic consumption.
Mr Somerville Hastings: Does not the hon. Gentleman feel that the public would be much relieved if they felt assured that they were getting value for their money when buying coke produced by the nationalised gas industry?
Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Paymaster-General what dangers exist in connection with the storage of liquid methane and its use as a gas for heating purposes; and what precautions are being taken to avoid these dangers.
Mr Somerville Hastings: May I ask the Minister two questions? First, is there any danger of liquid methane exploding in storage? Secondly, is it quite clear that there is no greater danger to health if methane gas mixed with coal gas is used for heating and escapes, as compared with ordinary coal gas?
Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he is aware that the percentage of acceptances for pneumoconiosis compensation backed by medical certificates among miners varies greatly in different parts of the country; and what is the reason for this.
Mr Somerville Hastings: May I ask the Minister whether the admitted operations he has mentioned do not suggest that there is a need for a reconsideration of standards? In view of the admitted differences in different areas, could not some more unified standard be maintained?
Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether, in view of the high incidence of respiratory disease in miners, he will insist on a general medical examination and test of respiratory function as well as an X-ray examination in all those making an initial claim for compensation.
Mr Somerville Hastings: Will not the Minister arrange that in every initial case where compensation for removal from the industry is demanded there should be a thorough examination, and not only an X-ray examination, so that the individuals who really need removal from the industry may be picked out at once and given a chance to establish themselves in some other occupation? The general medical view is that by X-ray...
Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the percentage of strontium 90 found in the bones of sheep reared on Welsh mountains with little calcium in the soil is greatly in excess of that in the bones of similar sheep living on the plains; and to what extent similar differences have been noted in the bones of human beings.
Mr Somerville Hastings: Is the Prime Minister aware that while X-rays have been in use for approximately sixty years, we are only now learning some of the dangers of such rays? May not the same apply to radiations produced from strontium 90 and other substances?
Mr Somerville Hastings: asked the Prime Minister whether the figures given as one or at most two of the amount of radiation resulting from nuclear tests compared with 100 from natural sources assumes an even distribution over the whole world; to what extent this assumption has been confirmed; and what variations are met with in different parts of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.