Paid Holidays

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th October 1949.

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Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North 12:00 am, 20th October 1949

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give an estimate of the number of insured workers now entitled to an annual holiday with pay of at least one working week; and whether he can give an estimate of the number so entitled in 1938 to 1939.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

It is estimated that about 20 million workers are now entitled to annual holidays with pay of not less than one week. In 1938 the number was about 7¾ million.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

Could the Minister tell us who wrote these Questions out for him?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I could not say who wrote them, but I can say who did not write them, and that was me.

Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North

Will my right hon. Friend agree that there is some connection between the answer to this Question and the answer to the previous Question?

Photo of Mr John Paton Mr John Paton , Norwich

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he is aware that this noticeable evidence of social betterment following from Government policy will be received with great satisfaction by the organised workers of this country?

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford

Can the Minister tell us how much was due to Marshall Aid?

Photo of Mr Harold Davies Mr Harold Davies , Leek

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that the increased productivity of the workers of Britain compared with other workers of Europe is in no small way due to the wise policy of private and national enterprise in giving holidays with pay to the workers?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

There is no doubt that industrial relationships in this country, which are better than in any other country in the world, do contribute to this end.