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Factory Acts (Prosecutions)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 19 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of factories and other places coming under the Factories Act, 1937, which were prosecuted for infringements of the Act in respect of the hours of work laid down for young persons during the years 1940, 1941 and 1942?

The number of firms or persons prosecuted under the Factory Acts for illegal employment, whether of young persons or adults, was 70 in 1940, 80 in 1941, and 50 in 1942. A prosecution often includes several charges in respect of illegal employment of several persons on one occasion or of the same person on more than one occasion. Charges of employing a young person for illegal hours or at illegal times numbered 132 in 1940, 172 in 1941 and 204 in 1942, and the convictions number 124, 161, and 200, respectively.