§ 2. Captain Prescott
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make a statement as to the necessity or otherwise of continuing, after the expiration of the present year, Regulations authorising extra working hours for juveniles employed in industry.
§ Mr. Bevin
I assume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the Regulations under Section 71 of the Factories Act as to the hours of young persons under 16 in various textile and allied industries. As contemplated by the Regulations, I have directed a public inquiry as to whether certain conditions specified in the Section are fulfilled and, pending the result of that inquiry, I am not in a position to make any statement as to the necessity-for continuing the Regulations.
§ Captain Prescott
Can my right hon. Friend say when that inquiry will be completed, and whether full consideration will be given to this matter in the future?