HC Deb 23 February 1880 vol 250 c1191

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, considering that evidence had been laid before him that two boys, of tender age had been worked for some months in the Pencaitland Colliery, East Lothian, N.B., by the employers or owners of the colliery for eighty-four hours each week, making thirty hours more in the seven days than is allowed by the sixth section of "The Mines Act, 1872," he has directed that the owners and manager shall be prosecuted for such an offence?


Sir, I decline to commit myself on the subject of hours, as I am not certain about the facts. The Inspectors very properly asked leave to prosecute, and leave has been given.