Oral Answers to Questions — Baking and Confectionery Industry (Wages).

– in the House of Commons on 16th July 1942.

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Photo of Captain Sir Peter Macdonald Captain Sir Peter Macdonald , Isle of Wight

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the trade board for the baking and confectionery industry has demanded a further increase in wages for operatives which will be the fourth rise since the commencement of the war; and whether, in view of the decision to reduce the maximum price of bread, he can take any steps to prevent unreasonable action by the trade board in question?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The trade board has statutory responsibility for fixing minimum wages. The representatives of employers and workers on the board together with the three independent members were unanimous, and my hon. and gallant Friend can rest assured that all relevant facts were taken into account.

Photo of Captain Sir Peter Macdonald Captain Sir Peter Macdonald , Isle of Wight

Have the facts which have occurred since been taken into account?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

How can you take into account facts that have occurred since?

Photo of Captain Sir Peter Macdonald Captain Sir Peter Macdonald , Isle of Wight

Could they not be taken into account now before any further action is taken?

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

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is no finality in wages and salaries?