Equal Pay

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1966.

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Photo of Mr Tom Iremonger Mr Tom Iremonger , Ilford North 12:00 am, 12th May 1966

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs how the universal application in the United Kingdom of the principle of equal pay for women for equal work will affect the volume of purchasing power in relation to the volume of goods and services available for consumption, while the 3½ per cent. norm of incomes increase is maintained.

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

The cost of equal pay depends on the extent to which its introduction affects women's pay as a whole and on the method and speed of implementation.

Photo of Mr Tom Iremonger Mr Tom Iremonger , Ilford North

To what extent is the hon. Gentleman asking the Prices and Incomes Board to give priority to the claims of women for equal pay when the Board makes recommendations on wage increases and other matters referred to it?

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

This matter is under discussion by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour, the T.U.C. and the Confederation of British Industry. We must await their conclusions.