HC Deb 09 April 1936 vol 310 cc2931-2

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that many theatrical producers in this country feel unable to employ child dancers by reason of the difficulties involved by the present licensing arrangements; and whether, before extending these licensing arrangements to cover dancers up to the age of 16, he will investigate the whole matter, in consultation with the Royal Academy of Dancing, in order to ensure that nothing shall be done to prevent the development of British as opposed to foreign dancers?


The existing licensing arrangements were carefully considered by Parliament in 1932, in connection with the Children and Young Persons Act of that year. No extension of these arrangements to cover dancers up to the age of 16 is at present contemplated and the second part of the question does not therefore arise.

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