§ SIR JOHN GORST
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., 163.260 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.