§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his intention to introduce in the present Session a Bill for the consolidation of the Factory Acts, with any minor amendments of the Law, such as the generalisation of the Particulars section in piece-work trades, and the amendment of the sweated districts provisions of the Act of 1895, stated by him to have proved unworkable?
§ SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY
A consolidation Bill has been in draft for some time, but I have decided not to proceed with it until an amending Bill, which experience of the working of the Act of 1895 has already shown will be necessary, has first been passed. Suggestions for amending certain of the provisions of that Act, including those mentioned by the right hon. Member, are under my consideration.