§ Mr. Greg Knight
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on his proposals to remove the barriers to the employment of 16 to 18-year-olds.
§ Mr. Cope
Clause 8 of the Employment Bill will repeal the mass of archaic legislation restricting the hours young persons over minimum school-leaving age but under 18 can work. It will also remove other unnecessary restrictions on their employment and related administrative burdens on employers. This will increase the employment opportunities available to young persons and remove barriers to flexibility in business. Necessary health and safety protections for young persons will not be affected.