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Minors

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many cases of the employment of minors were known to his Department in each of the last five years; how many resulted in prosecution; and what was the outcome of the prosecutions.

I am advised by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the employment of children of school age in industrial undertakings is prohibited by the Employment of Women, Young Persons and Children Act 1920. Under the Factories Act 1961 young persons aged 16 and 17 may be employed in factories, subject to certain restrictions on the hours worked. The employment of children and young persons in other employment is controlled under other Acts of Parliament which are not relevant statutory provisions under the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974, and for which neither the Commission nor my Department has responsibility. No record of the number of instances of the employment of minors is kept centrally.The number of prosecutions in those cases for which the Commission is responsible and the result is shown in the following table:arrange for an exhibition of products made by young people engaged on the Job Creation Programme in Scotland to be held in the Upper Waiting Hall during the week beginning 23rd May.

I have arranged for the Manpower Services Commission to exhibit items, made by employees engaged on job creation projects in Scotland and elsewhere, in the Upper Waiting Hall, for three days beginning on Tuesday 24th May.