Oral Answers to Questions — Hours of Work (Reduction).

– in the House of Commons on 30th April 1935.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make any further statement of progress regarding his conversations with industrial representatives with regard to a shorter working week or any proposals for work distribution?

Mr. STANLEY:

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given yesterday to a similar question asked by the hon. Member for Leigh (Mr. Tinker).

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Could my right hon. Friend consider making from time to time some interim statement as to the results of these negotiations?

Mr. STANLEY:

I will consider that suggestion, but the important thing is the eventual result, and I think that any interim statement about consultations of this kind are not likely to be helpful.

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

In the course of his conversations, has the right hon. Gentleman discussed the question of a reduction of working hours without reduction of pay?

Mr. STANLEY:

That is one of the principal topics round which these conversations centre.