§ 79. Mr. Day
asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the danger encountered by young females through accepting engagements to appear in theatres, cafés, cinemas, film production, and places of entertainment abroad, he will consider introducing legislation that will prevent such persons under the age of 18 years from having employment arranged or offered to them abroad by 40 any person unless they shall be in possession of written information obtained from a responsible person or society testifying to the satisfactory nature of the proposed employment and the bona fides of the employer?
§ Mr. Lloyd
The existing legislation is designed to effect the object which the hon. Member has in mind. The Children and Young Persons Act, 1933, prohibits young persons under the age of 18 from going abroad for the purpose of singing, playing, performing, or being exhibited for profit, unless a licence has been granted by one of the magistrates at Bow Street. Before granting such a licence the magistrate satisfies himself that the young person is going to a suitable place and will be under proper supervision.