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Surgical Lint (Misuse)

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 23 March 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that owing to the lack of washing flannels and gloves, some chemists are recommending the use of surgical lint for this purpose; and whether he will take steps to stop this practice?

To use surgical lint in place of washing flannels is very wrong, and I am much obliged to my hon. Friend for reporting to me the name and address of the chemist who recommended to him the use of lint for this purpose. I have arranged for one of my officers to visit and admonish this chemist. I am considering, in consultation with my right hon. Friends the Ministers of Health and Supply, what further steps may be expedient to check such misuse of this essential material.

May I ask whether the use of surgical lint has been prohibited by any Order?

No, Sir. Surgical lint is very necessary, but not for the purpose of washing one's face.

This man will be admonished for trying to persuade customers to misuse surgical lint.