|Short description:||Graham's Factory Bill|
|Medium description:||Factory Bill, sponsored by Sir John Graham, the then Home Secretary, introduced. |
Children working in textile mills and workhouses aged between 8 and 13 were not allowed to work more than 6 1/2 hours a day and were to have at least 3 hours of instruction a day. The schools needed for this instruction were to be supported by "the poor rate and Government loans were to be available for the erection of schools".
According to Barnard (1961, p.104) the Bill was withdrawn because of concerns by religious nonconformists about the control the Church of England would have had over the provision of rate-aided education. However, he later refers to the "Factory Act of 1844" (p.169).