HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 cc2260-1W
Mr. Riley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the kind of employment in Kenya Colony for children who appear to be not less than 10 years of age; what is the nature of the contract entered into for such children; and what arrangements are made for their welfare when the place of employment is at some distance from their homes?

Mr. M. MacDonald:

The contract of service entered into by juveniles is similar to that governing the employment of adult workers: but it requires a District Officer's certificate which cannot legally be given unless the parent or guardian of the juvenile consents. The contract normally provides for thirty days' work.

The arrangements for the welfare of juvenile labour include the provision of schools and hospitals. The services of welfare workers are also available. The general conditions of employment are safeguarded by special supervision by the District Officer and also by the Medical Officer and Labour Officer who have wide powers of control.

With regard to the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave yesterday to the hon. Member for the Consett Division of Durham (Mr. David Adams).

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