HC Deb 01 April 1914 vol 60 cc1172-3
18. Mr. GILL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the chief inspector of factories in India issues a Report of the work of the inspectors; and, if so, whether it can be made available to Members of this House?

The UNDER-SECRETARY for INDIA (Mr. C. Roberts)

There is no chief inspector of factories for India as a whole. The provincial inspectors of factories render reports annually, and if the hon. Member wishes to see these I shall be happy to place in the Library a copy of the Reports for the year 1912.

19. Mr. GILL

asked how many factory inspectors are engaged in the administration of the Indian Factory Act; how many are natives and how many Europeans; and whether, previous to appointment, they had practical knowledge of factory life, or, if not, what were their previous occupations?


There are fourteen factory inspectors in India. All are Europeans. Four of them were appointed in this country, of whom two had experience of factories, and the other two had qualified for the Home Office Factory Inspection staff. The other ten were appointed in India, and had had experience in factories or in business.

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