HC Deb 27 November 1912 vol 44 c1299W

also asked the President what is the result of his further inquiry into the case of the lodging of strike breakers on the premises of Henry Livesey and Sons, of Blackburn; whether the use of a factory as a dwelling-house constitutes the factory a new dwelling-house under Section 159 of the Public Health Act, 1875; whether such premises have been approved as a new dwelling-house by the local authority as conforming to their by-laws; and, if not, is it intended that the Local Government Board will exercise the powers that they have under Sections 293 and 299 of the Public Health Act, 1875, to inquire into this matter concerning the public health of the borough and to enforce the observance of by-laws?


As a result of my inquiries I am informed that the medical officer of health of the borough states that there is no overcrowding at the works referred to. The question of the application of the local by-laws to the premises is one for the town council, and I have no power to enforce the observance of the by-laws, even if they are applicable.