§ Sir W. EDGE
asked the Home Secretary the number of Reports received by his Department during 1928 regarding the health and conditions of working of persons employed in factories and workshops in England and Wales; the number of prosecutions which have taken place since 1st January, 1928, in consequence of factory inspectors' reports; and the number of convictions?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
If the hon. Member is referring to the inspection reports made by the factory inspectors—which are very numerous—I regret that these are not recorded and classified in such a way as would enable me to give the figure desired. If, however, he will let me know more precisely the object of his inquiry, I might be able to assist him. There were 667 prosecutions in Great Britain during 1928. These included 1,647 charges on 1,489 of which, convictions were obtained. I regret that I am not able at present to give separate figures for England and Wales or figures for the current year.