§ Mr. Beith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when she expects to lay before the House regulations governing the Employment of Children Act 1973.
§ Dr. Owen
The regulations have been delayed by the need to consider whether there are adequate resources available to local authorities to implement them at the 765W present time of financial restraint. Local authority associations have been consulted, and their views on the practicability of staged implementation of proposed regulations are currently being considered.