§ 37. Mr. EDE
asked the Home Secretary whether he has had any Report on the extent to which the by-laws made by local education authorities with respect to street trading by young persons are enforced; if so, what was the date of the Report; and, if not, will he consider, in view of the importance of these by-laws in safeguarding the health and morals of young persons, calling for such Report?
§ Mr. CLYNES
Inquiry as to the working of the provisions of the Education Act relating to the employment of children, including street trading, was made in 1924 and the result was summarised in the Second Report of the Children's Branch of the Home Office published in that year. Some local authorities—notably the London County Council—publish each year a statement of the action taken by them. The question of making further inquiries has recently been under consideration. I will bear my hon. Friend's suggestion in mind.
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of securing the passage through this House of the Bill dealing with this question which was brought in by Lord Astor in another place?