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Legislation

The Factory Act of 1847 stipulated that as of 1 July, women and children between the ages of 13 and 18 could work only 63 hours per week. The Bill further stipulated that as of 1 May 1848, women and children 13-18 could work only 58 hours per week, the equivalent of 10 hours per day. The Bill was introduced unsuccessfully several times before Parliament finally passed it in 1847. Some key contributors to the Bill's passage were Richard Oastler, John Doherty, John Fielden, and the leader of the Factory Reform Movement in the House of Commons, Anthony Ashley-Copper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.
Source The Ten Hours Bill 1847: Restriction of labour hours for women and children. John Fielden was MP for Oldham 1832 - 47.
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