HC Deb 13 July 1955 vol 543 cc174-5W
53. Mr. R. Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what grounds the employment of children in the tobacco industry in Northern Rhodesia is permitted under Section 8 (1) of the Employment of Women and Young Persons and Children Ordinance.

Mr. Hopkinson

The employment of young persons between the ages of 12 and 16 only, is permitted on light work in tobacco grading establishments and sales floors because certain tasks at certain periods provide a useful and congenial occupation and training, usually under parental supervision, for young persons who would otherwise be idle.