41. Mr. FENWICK
asked whether a young person under fourteen years of age and employed underground in a coal mine before the 1st July, 1912, will be compelled to give up such employment under the provisions of the Coal Mines Regulations Act, 1911?
§ Mr. McKENNA
The employment below ground of persons under the age of fourteen is prohibited after 1st July next, except in the case of persons who were lawfully so employed before the passing of the Act—that is, before 16th December last. Persons under fourteen who commenced work underground after 16th December cannot, after 1st July, legally be employed underground until they reach the age of fourteen.