Oral Answers to Questions — Catering Trades (Regulation).

– in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Minister of Labour whether the catering trade is included in the provision of the National Service Acts under which it is provided that, after the war, it is the obligation of the employer to reinstate employees under conditions not less favourable than when they left for war service; and whether he will postpone until after the war, when these employees are reinstated, any attempt to impose regulating machinery upon the industry?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The provisions of the National Service Acts regarding re-instatement do not distinguish between different trades and industries; and I am unable to agree that the existence of certain rights of reinstatement affords any ground for distinguishing between the catering and other employments in the need for regulation of terms and conditions of service.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Is it not a fact that the present Government were formed with the sole object of winning the war, and is it not highly undesirable that contentious legislation should be brought in unless it is absolutely necessary, and it is admitted that this is not necessary?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

One of the great contributions to winning the war is to make the people now engaged in fighting feel that they are going to return to proper conditions.