asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the effects in particular cases of the reduction of allowances made in respect of attendance at Trade Board meetings: whether cases have been brought to his notice in which Members of Trade Boards under the new Regulation may leave their homes in the provinces at an early hour of the day, return from London at midnight or after, and receive to cover the cost of their meals during this period the sum of 7s.; and whether it has been decided that this sum is an adequate or proper allowance for persons engaged in the performance of important public work?
I am satisfied that the revised allowances are adequate for their purpose, which is to meet only such additional expenses as would not have been normally incurred had no journey or further business been undertaken. The scale has been in force for some years for all committees of employers and work-people for which allowances are made by the Ministry. Workers employed at their trades are paid, in addition, compensation for lost time.