Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1929.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Vivian Henderson Colonel Sir Vivian Henderson , Bootle

Yes, Sir. It is obviously desirable that this Bill should become law at an early date, because of the hot weather which is approaching. Although the Committee reported early last year, it was necessary to consult both sides of the industry on the recommendations of the Committee, and it was not possible to prepare a Bill and bring it in until so late last Session that we could not deal with it then. Therefore, we took advantage of circumstances and introduced the Bill in another place at the beginning of this Session. Subsection (1) of Clause 1 enables the Secretary of State to make Regulations, and to that extent is in conformity with the Bill of 1911. The second Sub-section reproduces a Sub-section of the Act of 1911, which is being repealed for the purposes of convenience, and it strengthens the penalties which were laid down in the Act of 1901. Sub-section (3) of the same Clause deals with the laying of Regulations on the Table of the House. Clause 2 of the Bill deals with the question of making it compulsory for a local authority, before they approve of a building which has been erected for the purpose of a cotton cloth factory, to see that the certificate of the local factory inspector is obtained. This Clause reproduces the recommendations of the Committee. Clause 3 is purely a machinery clause.