Joint Industrial Councils.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 22nd June 1920.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Yeo Mr Alfred Yeo , Poplar South Poplar

asked the Minister of Health if, in view of the urgency of the matter, he will expedite the introduction of legislation to empower local authorities to pay reasonable contributions to the funds of national and district, or provincial joint industrial councils, which have been or may be established and recognised by the Ministry of Labour, for industries and services in which such authorities are concerned; and if, pending the introduction and passing of such legislation, he will issue a circular under the Local Authorities (Expenses) Act,1887,to local authorities intimating that these authorities may contribute to the funds of such joint industrial councils without liability to surcharge?

Questions in similar terms stood on the Order Paper in the names of Mr. Hallos and Mr. Jephcott.

Photo of Mr James Parker Mr James Parker , Cannock

My right hon. Friend hopes to introduce legislation for this purpose at an early date. In the meantime, if any such expenditure comes before a district auditor, an application may be made to my right hon. Friend for sanction under the Local Authorities (Expenses) Act,1887.