§ MR. BURT (Morpeth)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to complaints that the firm of Harmer and Company, wholesale tailors, clothiers, &c, of Norwich, are working their employés, including women and girls, until 9.30 p.m.; whether, if the facts are correctly stated, the firm have applied to and obtained the sanction of the Inspector for the district for this extension of time; and what are the reasons for the extension if it has been granted?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I am informed by the Chief Inspector of Factories that no complaints have been received of illegal working of young women and children by the firm in question. The firm is working overtime within the limits of the 704 exception in the Factory Act relating to the making up of articles of wearing apparel.