HC Deb 04 May 1908 vol 187 c1655

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inform the House how many men are now performing the duties of factory inspectors without having passed examinations in factory law and sanitation, and how many assistant factory inspectors have not qualified in these subjects.


Eleven junior inspectors, appointed under the new scheme of examination, have not yet passed the deferred examination in factory law and sanitary science. As I have explained on previous occasions, inspectors are required to pass this examination at or before the end of their period of two years probation. Inspectors assistants are not required to qualify in these subjects, but in their entrance examination they are required to show an elementary knowledge of the principal provisions of the law relating to workshops.