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Clause 122—(Special Exception For Emergencies)

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 1 July 1954

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I beg to move, in page 73, line 24, to leave out from "mine," to "for," in line 25.

This Amendment gives effect to yet another undertaking given in Committee and is designed to allow a young person between the age of 16 and 18 who is employed below ground in a metalliferous mine to remain below ground after the time when his period of employment ends if it is for the purpose of rendering assistance in the case of an accident or meeting any danger or dealing with any unforeseen circumstance. It is a slight change in the law but brings matters into line with the situation in the coal mines. I think that the House will agree that that is a desirable state of affairs.

Amendment agreed to.