HC Deb 18 July 1904 vol 138 cc259-60

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the increasing number of children of school age engaged in street-selling in the City of London; whether the City has made by-laws under The Employment of Children Act, 1903; and, if so, at what date they were submitted to the Home Office; and whether there is any special reason for delay in giving effect to proper by-laws under The Employment of Children Act within the City of London.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) I am informed on inquiry that there has been no appreciable increase in the number of children engaged in street trading in the City. Draft by-laws under the Employment of Children Act † See (4) Debates, cxxxv., 163. were submitted to me by the Court of Common Council at the end of March; there were various points in the by-laws on which I desired to have information or which appeared to me to require amendment, and my observations with regard to them are now before the council.