§ MR. JAMES McKILLOP (Stirlingshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, seeing it often occurs that young persons under 16 years of age are transferred under the Factory Acts from one foundry to another in which their employment will be identical in all material respects, whether some arrangements could be 495 made whereby the certificate of fitness already granted, and cost paid for occupation in the first factory, may equally be applicable to the like occupation elsewhere in the same district?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOE THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
The arrangement suggested by the hon. Member is impossible without further legislation. If such legislation were proposed, I could only consider the question as affecting all industries and districts alike, and the practical difficulties involved would be such that I cannot see my way to promise any reversal of the decision arrived at by Parliament in 1878.