§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the cause of the delay in the distribution to Members of the Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of Factories?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
The Report has been circulated, I believe, to hon. Members this morning. It could have been issued earlier but for the numerous plates which it contains, the printing of which takes time. There has, however, been no exceptional delay; the Report last year was issued only a fortnight earlier, and the year before not till the 3rd July.