Trade Boards Act.

Oral Answers to Questions — China. – in the House of Commons on 27th July 1927.

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Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

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asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the many instances of low wages which are now prevalent in the catering trade; and if he is prepared to conduct an inquiry into this trade with a view to inclusion under the Trade Boards Act?

Photo of Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland , Birmingham Erdington

Since the publication last year of the Report upon conditions in the Light Refreshment and Dining Room (non-licensed) branch of the Catering Trade, no fresh facts have been brought to notice which would justify the institution of a new inquiry.

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Lincoln

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it was stated recently by the Chairman of the Licensed Victuallers' Defence Association, that 65 hours a week, exclusive of meal times, was considered quite proper in that trade? That has been stated in the last few months.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Would not the points referred to by the right hon. Gentleman be sufficient to justify him in proceeding forthwith to establish a trade board for this body of workpeople?

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is it not the case that unless the right hon. Gentleman is prepared to carry out an inquiry of this kind, there is no possible chance of these people getting any advance in pay or reduction of hours; that the only alternative is to go out on strike, and that they can then be "pinched" under the Government's Bill, next week?

Photo of Mr William Kelly Mr William Kelly , Rochdale

In view of the unduly low wages paid to these workers, will the right hon. Gentleman not reconsider the whole position in regard to the catering trade?

Photo of Mr Frederick Macquisten Mr Frederick Macquisten , Argyll

Is it not a fact that the people in this trade make their money out of the public and not out of their wages?

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

In view of the changed circumstances will the right hon. Gentleman not reconsider his decision of twelve months ago?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

This matter can be raised in the Debate to-day.

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of industries for which Trade Boards have been set up; and the number of men and women employés, respectively, in those industries?

Photo of Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland , Birmingham Erdington

Trade Boards have been set up in Great Britain and are in operation in 39 trades. No exact information is available as to the number of workpeople employed in these trades, but it is estimated that some 350,000 males and 922,600 females are so employed.

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Doncaster

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many Trade Boards have been set up since the present Government came into office?

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of prosecutions in Glasgow and Scotland, respectively, which have taken place of employers who have failed to observe the Regulations with regard to Trade Boards?

Photo of Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland , Birmingham Erdington

Since 1920, six prosecutions under the Trade Boards Acts have been taken in Glasgow, and nine in other parts of Scotland.