HC Deb 03 August 1909 vol 8 cc1701-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the Report (No. 4282, page 48) of His Majesty's Consul-General for the Berlin district, transmitting particulars of new regulations now in force in Germany restricting excessive hours of men in iron foundries, puddling furnaces, etc., pro- viding for a full dinner-hour and proper interval for rest after an eight-hour shift; whether he has any power to make such an Order in the United Kingdom; and, if not, whether he will consider the matter with a view to its inclusion in any amending Factory Bill which he may introduce into the House?


I have seen the Report referred to in the question, and also the regulations made by the Federal Council last December. I have no power to make a similar Order under the present law, but I will give the matter my consideration, as suggested by the hon. Member.