HC Deb 17 June 1902 vol 109 cc834-5
MR. TALBOT (Oxford University)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will reconsider the Order issued by his authority for Fruit Preserving under the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901, with a view of preventing the undue employment of adult women for excessive hours under Article 5 of the Order, and extending the exception given by Article 6 of the Order to young persons under eighteen years instead of only to those under sixteen years of age.

(Answer.) I think the draft Order goes as far as it is safe to go at present. After a year or two of experience of its working it may be possible to make a further advance; but even if I were satisfied that the honourable Member's suggestions were practicable, I should hesitate to adopt them now at the cost of delaying for forty days the bringing into operation of the new Order.—(Home Office.)