Oral Answers to Questions — Holidays with Pay

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7 June 1945.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East 12:00, 7 June 1945

asked the Minister of Labour the policy of the Government with regard to making holidays with pay statutory in those cases not covered by industrial agreements.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

In view of the very wide extension of holidays with pay and the possibility of further extensions on a voluntary basis, it seems unlikely that it will be necessary to deal with the matter by way of further legislation. The position will, however, be kept under review.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Did not the Amulree Committee in 1928 recommend that, after a period of private negotiations, Government legislation should be introduced; and is it not very important that all workers should have the benefit of holidays with pay?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

The remarkable fact is that the field of holidays with pay is now so wide that I do not think legislation is necessary, but we shall watch the development of these arrangements by voluntary agreement.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

But is the Minister not aware that a large number of people will not be covered by these arrangements?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

If that were the case, I would not have given the answer I have given, because I am as keen on holidays with pay as the hon. Member.