HC Deb 10 April 1877 vol 233 cc838-9

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether it is the intention of the Government to introduce, during the present Session, a measure for securing the school attendance and regulating the hours of labour of children employed in agriculture?


Sir, the Government having passed last Session a measure compelling the school attendance of all children, and forbidding the labour of all children up to the age of 10 years after the 1st January, 1877, during school time in all employments, including agriculture, it is not our intention to introduce another measure on this subject during the present Session.


gave Notice that he should move that it be an instruction to the Committee on the Factory and Workshops Bill to introduce into that Bill provisions which would secure for children employed in agriculture the same advantages of school attendance and hours of labour as are enjoyed by children employed in manufactories and other branches of industry.