Orders of the Day — Wages (Temporary Regulation) Extension Bill.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 5th May 1919.

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Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on the decision of the Government to extend the operation of the Act for another six months. It is perfectly obvious that it is necessary that both employers and employed should know under what conditions they are going to work for some little time ahead. As one of those on Sir John Simon's Committee I may say we appreciate very much the sympathetic way in which he has referred to the necessity of this being done, and the Bill brought in to extend the Act. Working men at present are in the position of feeling that any attempt to reduce their weekly wages would create for many of them a very serious state of affairs. I welcome the extension not only because it is going to stabilise wages for the next six months, but because it will assure to us at least six months' peace in relation to wage matters, and that is a very essential thing in so far as the restoration period is concerned, that we may be able to get over some of the difficulties without bringing into any of our contentious matter in relation to industry the question of wages. I thank the right hon. Gentleman for the sympathetic way in which he has approached the question.