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Plans for answering a Parliamentary question about a case of phosphorous poisoning at the Bryant and May factory, 1898
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/9849/B12393D)
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HO 45/9849/B12393D; plans for answering a question about phosphorous poisoning, 1898

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What was the question asked in Parliament by Mr Pickersgill?
  • What clues are there that the government thought this question should be answered quickly?
  • The civil servants who looked into this question prepared an answer. What was the government's reply to Mr. Pickersgill?
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