HC Deb 19 February 1907 vol 169 c712

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in respect to the certifying surgeons who examine children to ascertain their physical fitness to commence work in factories and workshops, whether he can state the proportion of children rejected as unfit for employment, and name the reasons for rejection which the surgeons are required to give in rejected cases.


The hon. Member will find all the available information on this subject for the year 1905 on page 433 of the last Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of Factories. I should add that in reporting the causes of rejection which appear in the foot-note the certifying surgeons do not distinguish between children and young persons under sixteen. Corresponding details for 1906 will be given in the next Report, but they have not yet been tabulated.