§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has finally decided to sanction an appeal in the case of Squire, His Majesty's Inspector of Factories v. Messrs. M'Bride & Williams, of Belfast, turning on Section 2, Sub-section 1, of the Truck Act of 1896.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) I decided, after careful consideration, not to appeal in this case, but to take another opportunity of raising the question of principle involved as to the form which a notice under the Truck Act, 1896, should take. As regards the particular firm in question, their solicitor informed the Factory Department on the 4th of May that they would have a notice posted in the factory in terms which are not open to the objections taken to the form in use when the prosecution was instituted.