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Factories Act (Fines)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Prentice Mr Reginald Prentice , East Ham North 12:00 am, 27th November 1957

asked the Minister of Labour how many cases have been brought to his attention in the last five years in which fines have been imposed under Section 133 of the Factories Act, 1937; in how many of these cases he has directed that the fine should he paid to the injured person, or to the dependants in fatal cases; and by what principles he is guided in deciding whether the fine should be so awarded.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

From the beginning of 1953 to the present day, 31 cases have been brought to the attention of my right hon. Friend for consideration of award of the fine imposed under Section 133. The whole or part of the fine has been awarded in 26 of these.

When deciding whether an award should be made, consideration is given to all the circumstances arising from the injury to the worker. Particular account is taken of ways in which the money awarded can be used for some definite purpose helpful to the injured person or his dependants, having regard to the other benefits and remedies available.