HC Deb 16 February 1871 vol 204 c320

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is his intention, during the present Session, to take any steps to enforce the provisions of the Workshops Act, which is in many places altogether a dead letter, by making the present Government Inspectors of Factories responsible for workshops, or by any other means?


, in reply, said, he was afraid the inspection of all workshops under the Workshops Act could not be effectually carried out without largely increasing the present number of Factory Inspectors, and he had more than once expressed an opinion that the subject could only be properly dealt with by a modification of the existing Acts. He had given instructions to have the matter inquired into, and hoped before long to lay the result of those inquiries before Parliament.