HC Deb 13 March 1923 vol 161 c1300W

asked the Home Secretary whether it is the policy of the Home Office for women inspectors in the Factory Department to inspect warehouses and factories where only men are employed; and, if so, whether such inspections can in future be carried out by men only?


Yes, Sir. Under the scheme of re-organisation which was adopted in 1920 on the recommendation of a Departmental Committee, the men and women inspectors have been placed on the same footing and it is the duty of women inspectors to inspect both men's and women's work. The Committee were strongly of opinion that the main work of factory inspection can (given the necessary training in the Department) be carried out as well by women as by men. Where any special reasons exist for inspection by a man rather than by a woman arrangements are made accordingly. The scheme has now been in force for a considerable time, has in general been very favourably received and is working well. The Home Secretary is afraid therefore that he cannot accept the suggestion contained in the second part of the question, but he is always ready to inquire into any particular case where a grievance may be felt.