I got a nice email from Pam Sanders in Barnstaple, North Devon, on the subject of employing kids. “Just a note of thanks to your great column. You advised us to get permits for newspaper boys and girls as a newsagent was fined for not doing so.

“I made sure that all my paperwork was in order. I was spot-checked and passed with flying colours. Just let others know too that ‘they’ are around again.”

So a thank you to Pam