§ MR. E. ROBERTSON (Dundee)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been called to a case under "The Factory and Workshop Act, 1878," tried before Sheriff Campbell Smith in the Dundee Sheriff Court on the 23rd of December last, in which the complaint, at the instance of the Inspector of Factories, was dismissed; whether Mr. Henderson, the Inspector, stated that he was instructed by the Home Office to appeal from the Sheriff's decision; and, whether any proceedings have been taken in such appeal; and, if not, what steps the Home Office intends to take in the matter?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
Yes, Sir; I have seen a report of this case. Mr. Henderson did not give notice of appeal, but applied for a case to be stated. The Sheriff's clerk, however, being of opinion that the case would be lost, owing to a technical error in the complaint, the case has not been stated. The occupiers of workshops now cease work at the time required by the Act; so that there has been no opportunity of raising the question again.