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Employment Of Women Act, 1920

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Home Secretary whether any Orders have been made under the Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act, 1920; if so, when will they come into operation; to what industries they apply; what is approximately the number of people who will be thrown out of employment thereby; and what provision will be made for their maintenance?

A number of Orders have been made under the Act, some under Section 2 permitting the adoption of the two-shift system in particular works, some under Section 5 postponing the operation of the Act in the iron and steel, glass and paper making industries, until 1st July of this year. The latter Orders took effect from 1st January, 1921, the date on which the Act came into operation generally. None of these Orders have had the effect of throwing anyone out of employment.

Will the right hon. Gentleman inquire as to whether the operation of this, Act on the 1st July will not throw some of these young people out of employment, and, if so, will he take means of providing for them in the present industrial depression?

My present information is that it is not throwing them out of employment.