Cotton Industry (Hours of Work, Juveniles).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 21st May 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now see his way to revise the Order extending the hours of juveniles in the cotton industry?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

This matter is under constant review, but the situation in the cotton spinning mills at the moment is such that I cannot hold out any hope of an early cancellation of this Order. Care will be taken, however, to limit the actual operation of the Order to cases where this is essential for war requirements.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

This question has been under review for some time. Does my right hon. Friend think that the employment of these juveniles for longer hours is really vital to the war effort?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I should not have agreed to it if it were not. I hated doing it.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

Has the right hon. Gentleman received any medical reports as to the health of these juveniles, and will he keep in view medical reports about their health?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I keep constantly in touch with the authorities, and I have had no adverse report up to now. I am watching the matter carefully.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

I started work at seven, and look at my health.