HC Deb 15 March 1911 vol 22 cc2236-7

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that dressmakers concerned in the dispute at present existing between Messrs. Ben Evans and Co., Limited, of Swansea, and their employés have signed statements to the effect that from March to August, 1910, inclusive, they worked overtime in the employment of Messrs. Ben Evans three nights in each week; that on one occasion they were detained until 11.30 on Saturday; that they have been compelled to work seven, eight, and, on one occasion, 11¾ hours without any break for rest or food; and whether, in view of the gravity of these statements, and of the fact that this firm was proceeded against for breach of the Factory Act in 1909, he will make inquiry into the hours worked in Messrs. Ben Evans's workshop and, generally, into the question of factory administration in the Swansea district?


Statements to the effect mentioned in the question have now been forwarded to me, and I will order immediate inquiry to be made with regard to them.