HC Deb 23 February 1939 vol 344 cc596-7W
Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Home Secretary when it is proposed to issue regulations prescribing a standard of sufficient and suitable lighting for factories as required by Part I, Clause 4, of the Factories Act, 1937?

Sir S. Hoare

I have appointed an expert committee to assist me in considering what standards can properly be prescribed, and they submitted last autumn an interim report recommending various principles for securing good general lighting. As the next step in getting these principles translated into practice, a leaflet has been drawn up and will shortly be issued to factory occupiers throughout the country summarising the committee's recommendations and urging them to have the lighting arrangements in their factories reviewed with reference to the principles indicated. As soon as employers have had reasonable time to go into the matter I would propose to follow it up by issuing draft regulations on the subject. This procedure is, I am advised, more likely to achieve satisfactory practical results than the formulation of a draft legal code at this stage.