Work Direction, Croydon

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to the case of a workman, whose name has been supplied to him, directed from employment as engineer storekeeper with a firm in Croydon exclusively engaged on war-work, wages £5 15s. a week, to work of a lower grade with a Royal Air Force maintenance unit, wages £3 15s. per week, that he and a number of others spent the night in an unheated hall; whether he will state his wage policy in the matter of directing labour; and whether steps will in future be taken to ensure that appropriate arrangements for-billeting will be made in such cases?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am having inquiries made into this case and will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as these are completed.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Will the Minister deal also with the question of principle?

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Will the inquiries cover only the matter mentioned in the last part of the Question, or will they cover also the difference in wages?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

They will cover both points, but I would remind the hon. Gentleman that it was this House which laid down in an Act that the transfer had to be at the rate for the job.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Will the Minister also have inquiries made into the cases to which I have drawn his attention?