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I Gardening Notes. I

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I Child Labour in Merthyr.

Detailed Lists, Results and Guides

I Child Labour in Merthyr. STARTLING STATISTICS FROM EDUCA- TION AUTHORITY. Mr, Rhys Elias, the Borough Director of E^ ducation, presented an interesting report to the Education Committee last week on the ques- tion or school attendance, and amongst the items were the following important statistics, arising out of the agitation started by the Borough Trades Council some months back. and which will form the basis of the discussion of the Trades Council on "Child Labour." which is to take place at a speelal meeting to be held next week. 1—Number Employed. No. at ?) years of age and under 72 No. at 10 years of age 85 No. at 11 years of age No. at 12 years of age 194 No at 13 years of age. 128-(j22 2—Duration of Employment. No. working under 12 hour per week 202 No. working between 12 and 20 hours per week 165 No working between 20 and 25 hours per week 118 N o. working between 25 and 30 hours per week 90 No. working over 30 hours per week 47—622 3—Saturday Employment. No. working under 8 hours 167 No. working between 8 and 18 hours 233 No. working between 13 and 15 hours 168-558 4-Newspaper Selling Trade. Nc. employed 147-147 .5-Number Employed after 9 p.m. Newspaper Selling Trade 70 Other Trades 296-366 6—Wages per Week,, Owing to the varied nature of the employ" ment no fixed rates can be deduced. A very" large number of lads work for rates as low as 3d.. Id., 6d.. 9d. and 1/- per week; a considerable portion receive from 1/- to 3/- per week; while a great proportion receive from 4/- to 8/6 per week. In one case 11/- per week is received, and in another 14/6 per week. The last-mention- ed case is a newspaper boys of 11 years who remains on the streets until 11 o'clock every night. 8 f <—The following particulars, taken from the return submitted by one school, shows how close is the relation between the employment question and the wefare of the child—education- al and physical: — Of the sa boys employed— (a) The ages of 25 are one year above the average for their respective standards. (b) The ages of 8 are two years above the average for their respective standards. (c) The age of 1 is three years above the average for his respective standards. (d) 16 are physically weak. and have been absent from school for long periods owing to illness, and 7 of these are tubercular. 37 are employed dining the dinner hour.

I Our Draughts Column.

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