March 19, 1914 Luton News

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In the run-up to, and during the four years of the First World War, we will be looking at how the Luton News covered the momentous events, week by week.

Walter Runciman of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries addressed a large meeting at the Winter Assembly Hall when he spoke in support of farmers and warned of fears of a shortage of labour.

Child labour exercised Luton Town Council when it passed by-laws restricting the hours children could work.

It was decided a child under 10 could not be employed, and a child going to school should not be employed for more than 23 hours in any week the school is open six or more times.

A girl under the age of 16 cannot work in street trading and a boy under the age of 14 who is not exempt from school attendance shall not be engaged in street trading from 8.15am-5pm.

Auston Walker, of Cromwell Road, Luton, was before the courts for not sending his child to school. He claimed the child had been too sick.