§ Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked the Home Secretary if lie is aware that the firm of Worth, of Paris, No. 4, Burlington Street, W., have infringed the factory regulation by working overtime on Wednesday and Thursday, 24th and 25th May; and if he is aware that the girls at the same firm started an hour earlier than usual on Friday morning, 19th May, and kept at work until 10 p.m.; and whether he intends taking any action in the matter?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I have made inquiry and find that overtime was worked by this firm on Friday, the 19th May, and on Wednesday and Thursday, the 24th and 25th May. There was no breach of the Act as regards the overtime employment on the first two days. On the third day, Thursday the 25th, work was continued till 8.30 p.m., half an hour beyond the ordinary period of employment, to complete a pressing order, but the overtime employment was not notified to the factory inspector, as required by the Act. It seems, however, that work on this day was begun at. 9 a.m an hour later than the time fixed by the Act for the commencement of work, and in the circumstances the lady inspector advises that proceedings should not be taken. The firm have, of course, been cautioned.