§ MR. SHACKLETON (Lancashire, Clitheroe)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the recent decision in which it was held that a woman had not been knowingly employed under Section 61 of the Factory Act, 1901, in spite of the evidence brought by Miss Squires, His Majesty's inspector of factories; and, if so, whether he will take steps, by legislation or otherwise, to render the enforcement of this section more easy.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) I have had before me the case to which the hon. Member apparently refers, but the only remedy, if any, seems to be by legislation. I can hardly hold out any hope of introducing a measure on this point, both in view of the fact that it was so recently before Parliament, and on account of the intrinsic difficulty of making any more stringent provision; but if the hon. Member has any practicable suggestion to offer I will give it the most careful consideration.