HC Deb 19 May 1904 vol 135 c346
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.