HL Deb 30 July 1937 vol 106 cc1070-1

[The reference is to Bill No. 136.]

Page 70, line 42, at end insert the following clause:—

Exception as to hour at which period of employment of young persons under 16 ends.

(". The period of employment for young persons who have not attained the age of sixteen may end at an hour later than six o'clock in the evening but not later than seven o'clock in the evening in any factory where—

  1. (a) the total hours worked by those young persons do not exceed forty-four in any week;
  2. (b) those young persons are, on at least one weekday in addition to Saturday, not employed after the interval for the midday meal, or are, on at least one weekday, not employed before that interval; and
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  4. (c) such other conditions as may be prescribed by regulations of the Secretary of State are complied with.")

The Commons disagree to the above Amendment for the following Reason:— Because they consider that the extension of the period of employment of young persons under sixteen is contrary to their best interests.


My Lords, this clause was inserted during the Committee stage of the Bill in this House, and its object was simply to make it easier to give a half-holiday to young persons under sixteen working a forty-four-hour week. In another place stress was laid on considerations indicating that the clause was not in the best interests of the young persons, and in the circumstances the Government felt that they should not press this Amendment. I therefore beg to move that this House doth not insist on the Amendment to which the Commons have disagreed.

Moved, That this House doth not insist on the said Amendment.—(The Earl of Munster.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.