Porter Awards (Cost)

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the estimated annual cost of the Porter Awards on overtime and holidays with pay, respectively, in adition to the £5,000,000 per annum announced as the approximate cost of the minimum wage award.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

The information at present available is insufficient to enable a close estimate to be made, but an approximate estimate of the annual cost of the Porter Awards on overtime and holidays with pay is £5,000,000 and £1,500,000.

Photo of Mr William Foster Mr William Foster , Wigan

Is the Minister aware that over £5,000,000 has been paid out of this Fund to the colliery owners, where the collieries have become necessitous undertakings?