The Government have given no such decision. Under Section 138 (1) of the Education Act, 1921, a child attending a public elementary school who attains the age of 14 during a school term cannot leave school till the end of the term. The position in that respect remains unchanged; but if the school is not open at the date of the child's fourteenth birthday the Section can have no application.
§ Sir Percy Harris
In the case where a child arrives at the school-leaving age, does the child automatically go home to its evacuation area or stay on in the reception area?
§ Mr. James Hall
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that many children who are reaching the age of 14 years are actually starting work? Can he do something to prevent this?
I should like to know where the children are; and if the hon. Member will give me particulars I shall be glad to consider them.