Boys (Hours of Work).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 26th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to restrict the hours of labour for boys between the ages of 14 years and 18 years, so that they can take advantage of the schemes of National Youth Service?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am desirous of assisting the National Youth Service scheme in every possible way, but in present circumstances I should not be justified in doing so by reducing the hours of work below those which are legally permissible and are reasonably practicable in the particular establishment.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Is my right hon. Friend aware that of six boys whom I interviewed last night under the National Registration Scheme one was working 77 hours a week, one 68 and one 66½—that is, 50 per cent. of the boys whom I actually saw; and while I admit that not one of them objected to helping the national effort in this way, is it the policy of the Department to agree to such hours?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Not to such hours as those. If my hon. Friend will give me particulars, I will go into the case. I cannot, of course, be aware of what happened in the case of the boys he interviewed last night.