HC Deb 04 May 1905 vol 145 c903

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the expression, in the judgment of the King's Bench Division, in the case of Squire v. the Midland Lace Company, by a Court consisting of the Lord Chief Justice and two other Judges, of a hope that an amendment of the Truck Laws may be made; and whether His Majesty's Government will introduce a Bill to deal with the flaws in the Truck Acts revealed in the failure of this and some other recent prosecutions by His Majesty's inspectors of factories.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) My attention has been called to the remarks of Mr. Justice Kennedy in the case to which the right hon. Baronet refers. I consider that it is desirable to amend and consolidate the Truck Acts, but I cannot undertake to introduce a Bill for that purpose in the present session.