asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that young persons under 15 years of age are not allowed by some of his local officers to leave their employment for jobs where the wages and conditions are superior and where the new employment is important and is much nearer their homes; and will he look into this matter?
In some cases it may be right, in both the national interest and the interests of the juvenile himself, not to allow a change of employment in the circumstances described; but my officers have been instructed, before taking decisions in such cases, always to have regard to the juveniles' industrial well-being, as well as to the present national interest. If my hon. Friend has any particular cases in mind, I shall be glad to investigate them.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have sent a specific case to his Department; and would he be good enough to instruct his officers to show a little compassion towards these very young persons?