HC Deb 17 November 1953 vol 520 c1543
21. Mr. Carmichael

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of Glasgow children who were engaged on the potato harvesting this year; how many were, respectively, from the senior and junior secondary schools; and what measures he is examining with a view to discontinuing this form of child labour.

Mr. Snadden

Some 2,221 Glasgow children were granted exemption from school to take part in potato-lifting this year; 422 from senior and 1,799 from junior secondary schools. Every effort is being made to see that all other labour available is utilised before schoolchildren are employed and to effect improvements in potato harvesting machinery.

Mr. Carmichael

Will the Minister note that four times as many children came from the junior secondary schools, which are the Cinderella of Scottish education? In other words, it was the poorest children in the city of Glasgow who were concerned.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Will my hon. Friend note the extremely fine state of health in which these children went back to Glasgow compared with when they left?

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