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Factories And Workshops (Employment)

Volume 236: debated on Monday 17 March 1930

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asked the Home Secretary the number of factories and workshops in this country employing persons as under: under 50, between 50 and 100, between 100 and 500, between 500 and 1,000, between 1,000 and 2,000, over 2,000, and comparative figures for any convenient date in each of the last three decades?

I regret that I am unable to meet the hon. Member's request. The figures he asks for are not available and, while it would be possible to extract some figures on the subject—which would, however, only be very partial—from the returns furnished by factory occupiers, this could not, I am advised, be done without a special tabulation involving considerable labour and expense which would not, in my opinion, be justified.