HC Deb 19 April 1932 vol 264 cc1397-8
41. Commander COCHRANE

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can give for the latest convenient date the total number of factories in England and Wales and in Scotland, classified for both countries in accordance with the number of persons employed?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir Herbert Samuel)

The returns made under the Workmen's Compensation Act by occupiers of factories in respect of the year 1930 have been classified into certain groups according to the number of persons employed, and I propose to circulate this information with the OFFICIAL REPORT. The figures have been tabulated for the whole country and I regret it will not be possible to give separate figures for Scotland.

Factories covered by the returns under the Workmen's Compensation Act for the year 1930, divided into size groups according to the number of persona employed.

Number employed. Number of factories. Percentage of Total.
1–25 97,463 76.3
26–50 11,571 9.1
51–100 8,113 6.4
101–250 6,830 5.3
251–500 2,421 1.9
501–1,000 949 .7
1,001 and upwards 421 .3
127,768 100.0

These figures will be published with further particulars, and any necessary explanation in the forthcoming Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of Factories for 1931.