§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Viscount Cross)
My Lords, 92 this is a purely sanitary measure. It is for the purpose of regulating the amount of steam that may be introduced into the sheds, so as not to oppress the people who are working there. The fact is that the steam, if the room is not at a proper temperature, condenses upon the workpeople and does them great injury. The object of this Bill is to regulate the heat as compared with the amount of steam which may be admitted. It is a Bill which has been very carefully considered elsewhere, and it has been entirely agreed upon between the operatives and workmen engaged in this class of business and their employers. As an excellent sanitary measure and a very useful piece of legislation, I ask your Lordships to give it a Second Reading.
§ Read 2a (according to order), and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.