§ 12. Mr. WILFRID PALING
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fire at a Grimsby factory which resulted in the death of a woman worker; whether the premises had been previously inspected by a woman inspector; and whether this 582 factory was regarded as being provided with adequate means of escape in case of fire?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
The report I have received indicates that no part of these premises constituted a factory within the meaning of the Act. The manufacturing work was being done by the occupiers themselves, and they had not apparently employed anyone in this work for some considerable time. The unfortunate woman who was the victim of this accident was a clerical worker employed in the office. The factory inspector had visited the workplace from time to time and considered that, as it was a one-storey building which had an exit at either end, the means of escape provided for it were adequate.