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Schoolchildren (Agricultural Employment)

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 22 March 1951

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asked the Minister of Education (1) for how many children in 1950 His Majesty's inspectors granted exemptions for employment in agriculture after they had already been exempted for 10 half-days;(2) what steps were taken in 1950 to ensure that children exempted from school to work in agriculture were suitably clad and shod, properly supervised at their work, and conveyed to work where necessary; and to what extent he received reports from His Majesty's inspectors on the non-fulfilment of these conditions of exemption.

In 1950, up to 20 half-day exemptions could be granted without His Majesty's inspector's approval. My right hon. Friend has no information of the number of exemptions authorised. The county agriculture executive committees and responsible local authorities were asked to supervise the arrangements for the children's welfare. My right hon. Friend has received no reports that the conditions of employment were not complied with.