HC Deb 16 November 1920 vol 134 cc1714-5W

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to a paragraph on page 93 in the Report of the Chief Inspector of Factories and Workshops for 1919 to the effect that the Factories and Workshops Act should be extended to cover workshops and factories not carried on for direct gain; whether, in view of the instances quoted therein, to the effect that certain women were employed for 74½ hours a week, including Sunday, for four consecutive weeks, the extension of the Factories and Workshops Act to cover such instances is a most pressing and urgent matter; and consequently will he undertake to urge upon the Government to grant facilities for such an Act before the close of the present Session?


Yes, Sir, the case was brought to my notice at the time, and the point has been noted for consideration in connection with the amending factory legislation which the Government hope to introduce in the near future. Cases of the kind are not numerous, and I cannot promise immediate legislation.