HL Deb 13 May 1907 vol 174 c565


Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.


My Lords, this is a small Bill which I think is sufficiently explained by the Memorandum prefixed to it. To repeat quite shortly the substance of that Memorandum, I may say that this Bill is necessary in order to repeal two obsolete exemptions under the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901, and the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1887, regarding the employment of women. The International Conference at Berne last year agreed to certain limitations with regard to the labour of women, and I think we in this country may congratulate ourselves upon the fact that only these two very small alterations have to be made in order to bring the laws of this country into harmony with the general agreement arrived at by the International Conference. I beg to move.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a—(Earl Beauchamp.)

On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House To-morrow.

House adjourned at a quarter past Six o'clock, till To-morrow, half-past Ten o'clock.