HC Deb 07 November 1911 vol 30 c1471

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by the Home Office to encourage local authorities who have not yet made by-laws under the Employment of Children Act, to make such by-laws and to secure their due observance?


On the passing of the Act the Home Office issued to all local authorities a circular calling their attention to the provisions of the Act, with model forms of by-laws for their assistance in preparing regulations for their districts. The responsibilty for deciding whether by-laws are required in any particular district rests, and I think must rest, on the local authority, who are acquainted with all the circumstances of the district; and while my Department is ready to give the local authorities all possible assistance in framing by-laws, no useful purpose would, in my judgment, be served by its pressing for the adoption of by-laws against the view of the local authority. I may add, however, that the revision of the model by-laws is in contemplation, and when the revised by-laws are ready I will issue them to local authorities with a fresh circular.


Can the right hon. Gentleman tell me how many local authorities have adopted by-laws?


I could not say without notice, but I will inquire if my hon. Friend presses it.