Equal Pay

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1965.

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Photo of Dr Shirley Summerskill Dr Shirley Summerskill , Halifax 12:00 am, 22nd November 1965

asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement concerning the report of the working party set up to examine the issues involved in implementing the principle of equal pay.

Photo of Mr Ernest Thornton Mr Ernest Thornton , Farnworth

As the House knows from replies to previous Questions, my right hon. Friend set up an inter-departmental working party of officials to consider the economic and social consequences of implementing equal pay earlier this year. The report of this working party has now been received and is being considered. This is a large and complex subject but a further announcement will be made as soon as possible.

Photo of Dr Shirley Summerskill Dr Shirley Summerskill , Halifax

Will my hon. Friend accept that we are pleased that the report has now been received and hope that there will not be as long a delay in receiving the Minister's statement on it as there was in receiving the report in the first place?