HC Deb 25 May 1897 vol 49 c1266
MR. SYDNEY BUXTON (Tower Hamlets, Poplar)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether lie has as yet taken any action under the Factory and Workshops Act 1895, section 23, sub-section I. (iv.) and (v.) which gives the Home Secretary power to make special rules affecting employment, and to make orders in regard to machines in docks, wharves, quays, warehouses, etc., and, if so, whether he will lay the rules made in accordance with the Act upon the Table of the House?


As regards sub-section 4, which enables me to make rules for machinery or processes which are shown to be dangerous to life or limb, I have not as yet had any evidence which would enable me to put this power in operation in docks or wharves. If any case should arise, I shall be ready to consider whether any effective rules can be made. The other sub-section has reference only to proceedings before magistrates with regard to particular machines that appear dangerous. I understand that the sub-section has not been found capable of general use in docks and wharves.