HC Deb 27 March 1911 vol 23 cc1099-100W

asked the Home Secretary, with reference to his proposed Order under the Factory Act revising for two months before the Coronation the hours of labour of women and young persons in workshops in which wearing apparel is manufactured, if he will state upon the representations of how many and of what persons he drafted the Order?


The representations were made by the Drapers' Chamber of Trade acting on behalf of the trades concerned.


asked the Home Secretary whether he had consulted the employés or representatives of the employés before consenting to lay upon the Table of the House the Order varying the hours during which millinery and similar workshops may be open during the months of May and June; whether he will inform the House what advantage the employers alleged would result from a change of hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to a period of from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.?


There was no time to consult the employés before issuing the draft Order, which has to be published for forty days before the Order can be made. But the draft Order has, in the usual way, been communicated to the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress, and has been widely made known; and any representations the employés or their representatives may wish to make will be fully considered before the Order is made. The object of the publication of these orders in draft is to enable all persons concerned to make any representations they may desire. It is believed that it is most convenient for both employers and employed to work from eight to nine in the evening, rather than from eight to nine in the morning, and the Order allows this to be done.