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From the Archive - May 23, 1903

The Employment of Children Bill now before Parliament proposes to make some important changes in the law. It proposes that a county or borough council may make bye-laws as to the age below which employment is illegal, as to hours between which employment is illegal, and as to the total number of hours which a person under fourteen may work in any one day or week.

31 May 2016

A council may also prohibit absolutely, or permit, subject to restrictions, the employment of children of that age in specified occupations which may be dangerous either to health or morals. Bye-laws may also be made regulating street trading by persons under sixteen, and very wide powers indeed are given for this purpose, so that such trading may be prohibited "except subject to such conditions as to age, sex, or otherwise, as may be specified in the bye-law." No child, however, under eleven years of age may be employed in street trading at all.

There are also provisions aimed at protecting children from injury by being employed in lifting heavy weights, or in any other manner likely to be injurious to life, limb, or health. It is also proposed that "a child (under fourteen) shall not be employed in any occupation between the hours of nine in the evening and six in the morning, provided that the council of any...

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