§ Colonel ENGLAND
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fact that the owners of a certain tenement factory in Manchester have recently been fined because the access to the fire escape was blocked in an upper part of the building, which was let off to a tenant over whose actions the firm had no control and to which part of the building they themselves had no right of entry; and whether he will take steps in the forthcoming Factories Bill to ensure that such conditions shall cease to obtain?
§ Mr. SHORT
I have seen a report; of the judgment of the High Court which58W
ing the periods mentioned are not available, but the following statement shows the average price of non-parlour houses included in contracts let by, or in direct labour schemes of, local authorities in England and Wales during each of the quarter years in question.
decided that the premises in question constituted a tenement factory. The need for some provision to define the respective obligations of owner and tenant in the case of premises such as those referred to in the question had already been under consideration, and the hon. and gallant Member may rest assured that the matter will be carefully considered in settling the terms of the Bill.