HC Deb 04 November 1920 vol 134 c605W

asked the Home Secretary whether he has sanctioned a bye-law for the borough of Folkestone; if he is willing to sanction similar bye-laws in other localities allowing school children to be employed delivering newspapers before going to school, but refuses to sanction their employment in the performance of household and domestic duties; and, if so, on what grounds he makes this distinction?


A bye-law has been provisionally approved for Folkestone allowing children between 12 and 14 to be employed for one hour in the morning in delivering newspapers. In other places where good cause has been shown for it this bye-law extends to domestic employment, but the number of children in this employment in Folkestone was extremely small. No case was made for its continuance, and the local authority has not pressed the proposal.

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