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Walthamstow 1936

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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RATS AND MICE DESTRUCTION ACT, 1919.
During the year numerous complaints as to the presence of
rats have been received. Each case was investigated with the
result that where necessary poison was used (Red Squill), in many
cases drains were repaired, in several instances rat-proofing of
premises and out-buildings was enforced, and in other instances
traps were used.
It is difficult to estimate the number of rats destroyed, but it is
only fair to state the number must be considerable.
The Council did not set aside one week specially as a “Rat
Week," having regard to the general action in rat repression
throughout the whole of the year, and to the free distribution of
Red Squill Poison with instructions in its use to responsible persons
upon their complaints.
FACTORY AND WORKSHOP ACT, 1901.
The following tables show the work done under the Act during
the year:—
1 .—INSPECTION OF FACTORIES, WORKSHOPS AND
WORKPLACES.

Including Inspections made by Sanitary Inspectors or Inspectors of Nuisances.

Premises.Number of
Inspections.Written Notices.Occupiers Prosecuted.
(1)(2)(3)(4)
Factories (Including Factory Laundries.)4677Nil.
Workshops (Including Workshop Laundries.)24411Nil.
Workplaces (Other than Outworkers' premises.)933Nil.
Total80421Nil.
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