Oral Answers to Questions — Catering Trades (Legislation)

– in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Minister of Labour when it is proposed to introduce the necessary legislation to put into effect the Government's reforms of the catering trades conditions of employment?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

This Bill is in active preparation, but I am not yet able to give the date of introduction.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Will the Minister bear in mind that any failure to introduce this necessary scheme of reform will give rise to acute controversy?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I can assure my hon. Friend that there will be no failure.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

Does the Minister now recognise that this proposal has nothing to do with the war?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I recognise that when you are in a war you have to prepare for peace.

Squadron-Leader Peter Macdonald:

Does the Minister recognise also that a very definite pledge was given to this House by the late Leader of the House, on behalf of the Government, to the effect that no controversial legislation would be introduced during this Session?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am very happy to say that there is no party controversy on this at all.

Mr. De la Bère:

The facts are otherwise.