HC Deb 09 December 1908 vol 198 c463

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the number of males and females now engaged in employment coming under the Factory Acts; and the number of male and female factory inspectors employed by the Home Office in inspecting such factories.


The figures for 1904, which are the latest available, give 3,116,726 men and 1,737,821 women employed in factories and workshops, excluding workshops in which men only are employed, and excluding docks and other premises, which only come within the Act for the purposes mentioned in Sections 1904–1906. The Home Office has no Returns of persons employed in these places There are 172 men-inspectors of all classes, and 15 women-inspectors; 10 more men and 3 more women-inspectors are to be appointed to complete the authorised strength.