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Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Charles Doughty Mr Charles Doughty , East Surrey 12:00 am, 9th August 1966

I support Amendment No. 38. One, of the troubles affecting this country is the failure to achieve a sufficient increase in productivity. Amendment No. 38 provides that a wage increase reflecting an actual increase in output achieved under a productivity agreement shall not be subject to such an order". and the Government's own proposal in Clause 30 provides that any person who has worked for the employer since before that date is to receive remuneration for the same kind of work for any period after that date which is at a higher rate than that at which he was being remunerated for work of that kind immediately before that date. What we are saying here is that where there is an increase in productivity there should be a related wage increase for that specific purpose. The Amendment is desirable; it is in accordance with the Government's own provisions, and it is common sense. For those reasons I hope that it will be accepted.