HC Deb 11 March 1908 vol 185 cc1511-2
MR. GILL (Bolton)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can state the number of children employed as half-timers in the factories and workshops in the United Kingdom, and the number employed in textile factories in Lancashire and Yorkshire, together with the number in each large town in the two counties.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) The latest figures available are those obtained from the Returns of employment for 1904. In that year the figures were as follows: Children employed in 1904 in the United Kingdom—

In factories, workshops, and laundries 37,265
In textile factories in Lancashire and Yorkshire 25,345
In textile factories:—
Bradford 4,210
Brighouse 168
Halifax 1,018
Keighley 647
Todmorden 264
Accrington 348
Ashton-under-Lyne 270
Bacup 250
Blackburn 1,530
Bolton 1,068
Burnley 1,042
Bury 323
Chorley 180
Clitheroe 131
Colne 246
Darwen 623
Heslington 284
Heywod 325
Leigh 276
Mossley 127
Nelson 442
Oldham 534
Preston 950
Rawtenstall 200
Rochdale 543
Stockport (Lancashire part only) 186