§ SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that objections are entertained by operatives in the industry of file-cutting by hand, as well as by the Cutlers' Company, to some of the proposed new regulations under Section 79 of the Factory and Workshops Act of 1901; and whether lie will take care that the new rules are not put into force until a local inquiry has been held into the objections taken to them.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) When I issued these regulations in draft I invited criticisms on the proposals contained in them, and I have received objections to some of them both from operatives in Sheffield and from the Cutlers' Company. A local inquiry will be held, at which all persons affected by the proposed regulations will be heard, before they are finally settled and put into force.