§ DR. MACNAMARA
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can state for how many and which towns the Home Office has given sanction to by-laws under the Employment of Children (1903) Act; and for how many and which towns proposed by-laws are now awaiting Home Office sanction.
MR. AKERS " DOUGLAS
By-laws under the Act have been confirmed, and are now in force for the county of Gloucester, and for the following cities and boroughs:—Birmingham, Blackburn, Bootle, Brighton, Carlisle, Doncaster, Dudley, Hornsey, Hull, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, St. Helens, Swindon, Walsall, Warrington, Worcester. Draft by-laws have been submitted by fifty other local authorities. In sixteen cases the by-laws have been provisionally approved, and are awaiting confirmation in accordance with the procedure prescribed by Section 4 of the Act. In nearly all of the remaining cases I am awaiting the replies of local authorities to my inquiries and suggestions.