Artificial Insemination Staffs (Pay)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Julian Snow Mr Julian Snow , Lichfield and Tamworth 12:00 am, 17th July 1952

asked the Minister of Agriculture what wage rates are stipulated by his department for staff carrying out artificial insemination services in schemes which have received his recognition in Staffordshire.

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

The artificial insemination service in Staffordshire is provided by the Milk Marketing Board under licence from my Department, and wages and conditions of employment are matters for arrangement between the Board and its staff.

Photo of Mr Julian Snow Mr Julian Snow , Lichfield and Tamworth

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the public assumes there will be a fair wages clause in any such contractual agreement with this body? Is he also aware that there are complaints that these artificial inseminators do not get a fair wage and that they are liable to be on call at all hours of the day?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman might draw to my attention any particular case. In the country as a whole 32 of these centres are now functioning. In England and Wales 24 are operated by the Milk Marketing Board, six by other organisations and two by the Ministry. In the two run by the Ministry the wages and conditions of the staff are my responsibility.

Photo of Mr Julian Snow Mr Julian Snow , Lichfield and Tamworth

Would the right hon. Gentleman answer my question? Will he see there is a fair wages clause in any contract or agreement into which he enters?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

Does the right hon. Gentleman accept the implication that the Milk Marketing Board in this matter are acting as his agents?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

No, in this particular case the arrangements for wages are definitely the concern of the Milk Marketing Board.

Photo of Mr Julian Snow Mr Julian Snow , Lichfield and Tamworth

Is there not a monopoly here?