HC Deb 30 May 1911 vol 26 cc903-4

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the series of recommendations unanimously agreed to by the Departmental Committee on humidity and ventilation in cotton-weaving sheds; whether he can state how far it will be possible to give effect to these recommendations, or any of them, without fresh legislation; and generally what course the Government propose to take in this matter?


Yes, Sir. The Report of the Committee which was appointed by my predecessor at the Home Office was submitted to me. The Committee are greatly to be congratulated on the large measure of agreement which has been reached in regard to a very difficult subject. It will not be possible to carry out the recommendations of the Committee in full without fresh legislation, and I am now considering what will be the best course to adopt.


Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that a great many of the objections to this system are especially strong in hot weather, and that it is desirable to take action at once?


A great many of the difficulties of legislation are not removed in hot weather. I will consider what can be done.