§ MR. GILL
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can state the number of prosecutions for time-cribbing in cotton mills during the present year; the number of convictions and the amount of fines inflicted; whether any inspector's assistants are engaged in that work; and, if so, how many, and the districts to which they are attached.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
482 informations have been laid against thirty-four occupiers, resulting in 481 convictions. The fines imposed amounted to £540 1s., and the costs to £208 7s. 6d. Four inspector's assistants assist in the work of detecting time-cribbing; they are attached, one to the Manchester district, one to the Blackburn district, one to the Preston district, and one to the Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton and Stockport districts.