§ SIR WILLIAM HOULDSWORTH (Manchester, N.W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Government will appoint a Select Committee to consider the working of the Boiler Explosions Acts (1882 and 1890) with a view of ascertaining whether any further legislation is desirable and practicable for the more effectual prevention of such explosions?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
We are too far advanced, I am afraid, in the Session to be able to hope that a Committee can do much with the inquiry which the hon. Baronet suggests before its close; but if I saw any indications that an inquiry would be generally welcomed in regard both, to this subject and also that of the Bill relating to the persons in charge of engines and boilers, to which the House has given a Second Reading, I should be prepared to favourably consider the proposal.