Oral Answers to Questions — Shops (Young Persons' Hours of Work).

– in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied that local authorities are implementing the provision of the Shops Act covering the hours of employment of young persons?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I have no information to the contrary, and such information as I have does not suggest that there is cause for anxiety on this matter.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

In view of the fact that statements have appeared recently about the deterioration in the physical and mental condition of young persons, would the right hon. Gentleman consider whether it is possible to send a circular to local authorities calling attention to the effective administration of the Shops Act?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I think it would not be quite fair to the local authorities to send such a circular without evidence that they are not implementing the provisions of the Act. If my hon. Friend will send me evidence on the point, I will consider it.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Would my right hon. Friend consult with the Board of Education on the matter?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

So far as is relevant, certainly.