§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
asked the Minister of Labour when he proposes to bring into operation the provisions of the new legislation amending the Factories Acts.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
I intend to bring all the provisions of the Factories Act, 1959, into operation at the earliest practicable date. It is at present my intention, subject to consultations with interested organisations, to make an Order under Section 34 of the Act bringing the following provisions into operation on 1st December next, viz. the provisions in Sections 3, 4, 7, subsections (2), (3) and (4) of Section 8, Sections 20,108W 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, Schedule 2, and the parts of the Third Schedule relating to repeals effected by the foregoing provisions. In the case of the other provisions of the Act, it is necessary to allow more time either for occupiers of factories to make the necessary changes to comply with the Act, or to my Department and other authorities responsible for administering it. The necessary consultations with interested organisations are being put in hand without delay.