HC Deb 21 May 1928 vol 217 cc1513-4
56. Mr. KELLY

asked the Home Secretary the reasons given by the British Enka Artificial Silk Company, Limited, Aintree, the Nuera Art Silk, Limited, Sutton Oak, and the Brysilka, Limited, Apperly Bridge, for the granting of the Order, under Section 2 of the 1920 Act, for the working of the two-shift system by children, young persons, and women; and how many workers are concerned?


In all these three cases the object was to increase the output in certain processes in order to keep pace with the output in other processes. Only women and young persons of 16 years of age and over may be employed on the two-shift system. The numbers of such persons expected to be so employed in these cases were 74, 160 and 70 respectively.


In view of the fact that in some of these factories it is reported that the conditions have an injurious effect on the health of the people, will the hon. and gallant Member see that there is a periodical inspection of those factories where the two-shift system is in operation?


Yes, Sir.