Boys (Employment Underground).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 24th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr Isaac Foot Mr Isaac Foot , Bodmin

In December, 1930, the latest date for which information is available, 24,200 boys under 16 years of age were employed below ground at coal mines. I have no information as to the number of shifts worked by such boys but the average number of shifts worked during 1930 by workers of all ages below ground was approximately 238. No record is kept of the number of boys or other persons employed on night shifts but a special inquiry undertaken in April, 1927, indicated that at that time nearly one-third of the boys employed worked on shifts ending after 9 p.m. or beginning before 5 a.m.