Building Trade (Arrrentices).

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 8th October 1924.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Simon Mr Ernest Simon , Manchester, Withington

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asked the Minister of Health what steps he has taken to secure the fulfilment of his treaty with labour for an increase in the number of apprentices in the skilled building trades; whether he has set up local committees for this purpose; and what number of apprentices have been taken on since the passing of the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1924?

Photo of Mr Frank Briant Mr Frank Briant , Lambeth North

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asked the Minister of Health if the recommendations of the employers and workmen in the building industry that one apprentice should be allowed to three craftsmen in the principal building trades is actually being carried into effect at the present time?

Photo of Mr John Wheatley Mr John Wheatley , Glasgow Shettleston

The arrangements for putting into operation the proposals of the National House Building Committee for increasing the building resources of the industry are progressing rapidly but have not been completed. I hope to announce very shortly the appointment of a representative Committee whose principal duty will be to give practical effect to those proposals.

Photo of Mr Ernest Simon Mr Ernest Simon , Manchester, Withington

Does that mean that to-day, two months after the passing of the Housing Act, no effective step has yet been taken to increase the amount of labour?

Photo of Mr John Wheatley Mr John Wheatley , Glasgow Shettleston

No. That only means that to-day, about eight days after we have resumed business, we have almost completed our arrangements.

Viscountess ASTOR:

Does that mean that no apprentices have been taken on since then?

Photo of Mr John Wheatley Mr John Wheatley , Glasgow Shettleston

I have had no report for the past seven days.

Viscountess ASTOR:

No, no! That is not what I mean.

Photo of Mr William Pringle Mr William Pringle , Penistone

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the building trade has been in recess whilst the House has been up?

Photo of Mr Daniel Somerville Mr Daniel Somerville , Barrow-in-Furness

Does the fact that the building trades operatives have given notice to cancel the last treaty entered into affect the provision of apprentices?

Viscountess ASTOR:

Hear, hear! That is it.

Photo of Mr John Wheatley Mr John Wheatley , Glasgow Shettleston

No. No notice that has been given applies to this scheme at all. Both employers and employés have, within the past seven days, informed that they will enthusiastically carry out the promises they have made.

Photo of Mr Herbert Spencer Mr Herbert Spencer , Bradford South

When the Minister stated that Socialism would come in 10 years why did he make a 15 years' treaty with the building trade?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

This is not the time for that point.