§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,), Lancashire, Blackpool
in asking leave to introduce a Bill dealing with Cotton Cloth Factories said it was only a one-clause Bill, and arose out of a request made last Session by the employers and employed alike, that there should be a Committee to consider the operation of the Cotton Cloth Factories Act of 1889, and how it could be improved. As a result of the enquiry made by that Committee certain conclusions had been arrived at which, he believed, were acceptable both to employers and employed, 1604 and he had been urged from both quarters to introduce this short Bill this Session. He believed that no controversy would be aroused by the Measure and trusted that it would not take up much of the time of the House.
Bill to give power to make regulations with i the respect to Cotton Cloth Factories, ordered to be brought in by Sir Matthew White Ridley and Mr. Jesse Collings; presented accordingly, and Read the First tune; to be Read a Second tune upon Thursday, and to be printed—[Bill 310.]