§ MR. TENNANT (Berwickshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been done with regard to sanctioning by-laws under the Employment of Children Act, 1903; and whether he can state how many and what local authorities will prohibit street trading by girls under sixteen.
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. AKERS-DOUGLAS,) Kent, St. Augustine's
One set of by-laws under the Employment of Children Act has been confirmed and is now in force; viz., for the Borough of Warrington. Under this set, street-trading is absolutely prohibited in the case of girls under fourteen and partially (i.e. as regards certain places) in the case of girls between fourteen and sixteen. By laws have also been provisionally approved for Hull, where there is to be a partial prohibition for girls under sixteen, and for Burnley, Todmorden and Swindon, where the prohibition is to be absolute. Proposals from seven other places for the restriction or prohibition of such street trading are now under consideration.