§ Mr. Fearn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring the outstanding provisions of the Employment of Children Act 1973 into force.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
There are no plans to implement the Employment of Children Act 1973.
The main legislation governing the part-time employment of children under minimum school leaving age is the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. This sets out general restrictions governing hours of work and conditions of employment. Further restrictions are contained in local authority byelaws made under the Act. The provisions of primary legislation and byelaws serve as an effective framework to protect children who work part time.