Agricultural Gangs Act 1867

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1867 c. 130


Agricultural Gangs Act, 1867

(30 & 31 Vict.) C A P. CXXX.

An Act for the Regulation of Agricultural Gangs.

[20th August 1867]

Whereas in certain Counties inEngland certain Persons known as Gangmasters hire Children, Young Persons, and Women with a view to contracting with Farmers and others for the Execution on their Lands of various Kinds of Agricultural Work: And whereas it is expedient to make Regulations with respect to the Employment of Children, Young Persons, and Women by Gangmasters:

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Short title.

1 Short title.

1. This Act may be cited for all Purposes as ‘TheAgricultural Gangs Act, 1867.’

S-2 Commencement of Act.

2 Commencement of Act.

2. This Act shall come into operation on the First ofJanuary One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight.

S-3 Definition of Terms.

3 Definition of Terms.

3. The following Words and Expressions shall in this Act have the Meanings hereby assigned to them, unless there is something in the Context inconsistent with such Meanings; that is to say,

‘Child’ shall mean a Child under the Age of Thirteen Years:

‘Young Person’ shall mean a Person of the Age of Thirteen Years and under the Age of Eighteen Years:

‘Woman’ shall mean a Female of the Age of Eighteen Years or upwards:

‘Gangmaster’ shall mean any Person, whether Male or Female, who hires Children, Young Persons, or Women with a view to their being employed in Agricultural Labour on Lands not in his own Occupation; and, until the contrary is proved, any Children, Young, Persons, or Women employed in Agricultural Labour on Lands not in the Occupation of the Person who hired them shall be deemed to have been hired with the aforesaid View:

‘Agricultural Gang’ shall mean a Body of Children, Young Persons, and Women, or any of them, under the Control of a Gangmaster.

S-4 Regulations as to Gangs.

4 Regulations as to Gangs.

4. The following Regulations shall be observed by every Gangmaster with respect to the Employment of Children, Young Persons, and Women:

(1) (1.) No Child under the Age of Eight Years shall be employed in any Agricultural Gang:

(2) (2.) No Females shall be employed in the same Agricultural Gang with Males:

(3) (3.) No Female shall be employed in any Gang under any Male Gangmaster unless a Female licensed to act as Gangmaster is also present with that Gang:

And any Gangmaster employing any Child, Young Person, or Woman in contravention of this Section, and any Occupier of Land on...

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