HC Deb 15 July 1907 vol 178 cc329-30
MR. ARTHUR HENDERSON (Durham, Barnard Castle)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the thirty-seven workshops and laundries conducted by religious or charitable institutions, which are entered on the factory inspectors' registers for the metropolitan area, are carried on by way of trade within the meaning of the Factory Act; and whether there is any material difference between the employment, such as firewood cutting and laundry work, done in these places and that done in premises occupied by the Church Army.


The places referred to in the hon. Member's Question are on the same footing as the Church Army workshops mentioned in my reply to his Question on the 8th of last April.† The fact that they are visited and registered does not make them factories or workshops, and there is no material difference, generally speaking, between the employment in these places and that in the promises occupied by the Church Army. The Factory and Workshops Bill which is now before the House provides for the inspection of industrial employment in charitable or reformatory institutions notwithstanding that the work is not carried on by way of trade or for purposes of gain.