HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 cc210-1
26. Mr. Hannah

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the copy of the resolution unanimously passed on 12th December, 1939, by the chapter of the rural deanery of Wolverhampton and sent to him about night baking; and what action does he propose to take?

Sir J. Anderson

I have considered this resolution, which urges the abolition of night baking. This proposal, which has been fully considered on numerous occasions, could not be put into effect without legislation which would, I am advised, be highly controversial; and I do not think that such new factors have arisen as would justify the introduction of such legislation at the present time.

Mr. Hannah

Cannot anything be done about it, because it seems to be a very live issue in Wolverhampton?

Mr. Mander

Would the Home Secretary be good enough to bear in mind that Wolverhampton is entirely united on this matter?

Sir J. Anderson

There is some evidence of disunity, even in Wolverhampton.

Mr. Banfield

Has the right hon. Gentleman had any information from his inspectors about the recent inquiries which he promised should be made concerning the heat of bakehouses?

Sir J. Anderson

Instructions were issued immediately after the promise was made, but I have not yet had any report.