Oral Answers to Questions — Juvenile Employment (Departmental Committee).

– in the House of Commons am ar 31 Gorffennaf 1935.

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Photo of Sir Richard Denman Sir Richard Denman , Leeds Central

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asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to make any further statement on the question of restriction of the hours of employment of young persons in unregulated occupations?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

Yes, Sir. I have been considering, in consultation with the Ministry of Labour, what will be the best line of advance in this matter. The conclusion I have reached is that the most satisfactory and expeditious way will be to set up a small Departmental Committee who will examine the position in relation to those occupations in which the need for regulation of the hours of juvenile employés has been reported to be urgent, and will advise in detail as to the further legislation which should be undertaken.

Photo of Sir Richard Denman Sir Richard Denman , Leeds Central

While thanking my right hon. Friend for this valuable step forward, will he also include the excessive hours of work under tthe Factories and Workshops Acts?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

I do not think there would be any advantage in including in the work of this Departmental Committee an inquiry into that, because the Home Office is already very well informed through the reports of its factory inspectors as to that matter.