asked the Minister of Labour if her attention has been called to the statement made by the Cardiff juvenile employment officer that many boys in Cardiff City are working 80 hours per week in hotels and cafes; and, if so, if she will state whether she intends taking any action in the matter?
I have seen reference to this statement in the Press. My right hon. Friend is in consultation with the Home Secretary about the whole question of the hours of employment of boys and girls in occupations of this nature. My hon. Friend will be aware that a notice of intention to apply the Trade Boards Acts to the catering trade has been issued.
Can the hon. Member state the number of these boys between the ages of 14 and 15?
No, I am not aware of that.
Can the hon. Member say when the trade boards legislation will be extended to this trade?
That all depends on the result of discussions which are now proceeding.