HC Deb 11 November 1920 vol 134 c1400W

asked the Home Secretary whether, upon reconsideration by the Hastings borough council of the proposed bye-law to permit the employment of children before school hours, a resolution was moved that no child attending school should be employed on any day when the school he or she attended was open or on Sunday; that 18 voted for this resolution and 18 against; that the mayor gave his casting vote against, with the result that the council officially still press for the bye-law; and whether, in view of the strong local opinion against the proposed bye-law, he will withhold his sanction to it?


No, Sir; I had not heard of the resolution referred to, and I am advised that a bye-law prohibiting all employment on school days and Sundays would beultra vires. The local education authority have submitted to me for confirmation a bye-law allowing employment before school in the delivery of milk or newspapers. Objections have been made to this bye-law and they will be fully considered before the bye-law is confirmed.