Wage Agreements (Cost of Living)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 October 1949.

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Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames 12:00, 25 October 1949

asked the Minister of Labour how many workers are covered by agreements providing for automatic increases in wages or other remuneration in the event of a rise in the cost of living.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what is the policy of the Government with regard to the continuance or non-continuance of these agreements in present circumstances, and can he indicate whether he is taking any initiative in the matter?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I think that that is quite another question. If the hon. Gentleman will put it down I shall try to give him an answer.