A suggestion that school children should be banned from having a newspaper round has been ridiculed by local MEP James Carver.
The European Committee of Social Rights, which is part of the Council of Europe, wants children’s paper rounds outlawed as they believe it could harm their education.
“This is ridiculous and as their findings are not binding on us I trust that the UK will do the only sensible thing and take no notice,” said Mr Carver.
“Teenage school children enjoy earning pocket money from it and it imbues them with a sense of self-worth. Far from harming their education it teaches them the importance of punctuality and hard work.
“We all know that teenagers, both in this area and elsewhere, aren’t known for their love of getting up early and having a morning paper round means that they have to do just that even on a dark winter day. It is good grounding for their future careers and also keeps them fit by riding their bike or walking.
“I myself had a paper round for two years in my early years of secondary school and it helped with my independence and self-confidence.
“Like all interfering edicts, especially those spewing forth from European busybodies, if this suggestion is followed it would have implications both for the newspaper industry and newsagents’ shops.
“Both industries are struggling for survival in today’s changing world and if school children are not able to deliver the papers it is unlikely that anyone else would take over the rounds causing problems for the newsagents,” said Mr Carver, Euro-MP for the West Midlands.