HC Deb 05 March 1912 vol 35 cc338-40W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can state how many trades or sections of trades are under the Particulars Clause of the Factory and Workshops Acts, the names of such trades, and the number of workpeople employed in each; and whether any applications have been made to be brought under the same provisions by any other trades, the names of such trades, and whether such applications have been granted?


The information asked for in the first part of the question is given in the following Table. The figures of outworkers are incomplete, and can only be regarded as roughly approximate:—

Trades. Number of persons employed in factories or work shops in 1907 (the last year for which returns were received). Number of outworkers employed in 1909, as given in the reports of the Medical Officers of Health.
All textile trades 1,101,575 *
Making of pens 5,399 *
Making of looks, latches and keys 5,849 211
Making of chains, anchors and cart-gear 8,293 1,138
Making of felt hats Included in wearing apparel (see below)
Umbrellas, etc. 7,701 444
Artificial flowers 2,211 386
Tents 0
Rope or twine (non-textile) 6,004 *
Paper bags 8,100 2,503
Boxes, paper, cardboard, chip, etc. 16,341
Brushes 11,185 1,485
Sacks, making and repairing 1,511 733
Racquet or tennis balls, covering of 206
Fustian cutting 3,393 *
Relief stamping 418 *
Warehouse processes in the manufacture of food, drugs, perfumes, blacking, starch, blue, etc. *
Nets, making of (non-textile other than wire nets) 1,439
Pea-picking 468
Brass, mixing, casting, and manufacture of 48,975
Brass, electro depositing of
Wearing apparel, making, etc., of 669,029 82,137
Chocolates and sweetmeats *
Cartridges 5,497 *
Tobacco 35,089 *
Bleaching and dyeing 45,441 *
Printing of cotton cloth 18,770 *
Shipbuilding yards (platers, riveters and caulkers) 141,939 *
Iron safes *
Household linen, making-up of
Curtains and furniture hangings
Lace (non-textile processes)
Laundries 115,101 245
Toy balloons, etc., made from india-rubber *
Files 5,384 1,431
* Indicates not applicable to outworkers.
† Indicates no figures available.

Applications for inclusion under the Particulars Section from the following trades are now before the Home Office: Shipbuilding (all processes) engineering, foundries, pottery, cement making, galvanising, and docks. An order to cover the whole of the shipbuilding trade has been issued in draft. Inquiries will be necessary as regards the engineering trade, foundries, and the pottery trade. I have asked Sir Ernest Hatch, who has already held several similar inquiries, to undertake the last two; and the engineering trade will also be taken in hand as soon as time permits. The remaining three industries, (cement-making, galvanising, and docks) cannot be dealt with effectively under the present powers, and must await the passing of the Checkweighing Bill, which is in draft.