§ MR. H. H. MARKS (Kent, Thanet)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether women and girls are employed by Government Departments in Ceylon in breaking metal for road making and road repairing, being paid at a rate varying from the equivalent of 3d. to 6d. a day; and whether he proposes to take any steps to put a stop to the employment of female labour on such work.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Colonel SEELY,) Liverpool, Abercromby
I am aware that in the ease of relief works women and children have sometimes been employed in Ceylon on road making and repairing, but I do not know 1390 whether they are so employed on ordinary occasions. The Secretary of State, will, however, make inquiry into the matter.