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Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Catering Department (28 Oct 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Chairman of Select Committee of House of Commons (Services) whether the employees of the Catering Department of the House of Commons are members of a trade union.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Catering Department (28 Oct 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: Would the hon. Gentleman please inform me whether facilities would be granted to the appropriate trade union to meet the workers in the Catering Department within the precincts of the Department?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Donaldson Committee (29 Oct 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will allow optional discharge for boy entrants to Her Majesty's forces when they reach the age of 18 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Donaldson Committee (29 Oct 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of these boys when they enter the forces are very keen but that when they become 18 they find that it is not the life for them after all and want to change their minds, and that they should be given the opportunity to do so?

Public Expenditure and Taxation (4 Nov 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: I should first like to thank you, Mr. Speaker, for allowing me to make my maiden speech on such an important subject. I was just about to say that I was pleased that the Chancellor of the Exchequer was here, but I see that he has left the Chamber. I was hoping that he would have remained behind, because I would very much have liked him to hear at first hand of the effect of his cuts in the...

Industrial Relations (26 Nov 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: On a point of order. The Secretary of State has made it clear that he believes that the fault for industrial strife lies with the workers and the trade unions. [Interruption.] Is it in order for him to say that when we know that managements and employers are often to blame?

Industrial Relations (26 Nov 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: Change for the worse.

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: Hon. Members have referred to their experiences of working in shops or in the distributive industry. I am new to the House and I may not understand all its ways, but I claim to have a tremendous inside knowledge of the modern distributive trade. Twenty-three years have elapsed since I worked behind a shop counter—which I did for many years—and that period of 23 years has been spent...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: I appreciate that point, but considerable play was made by the hon. Member for Dorset, South about Piccadilly. He also talked about leaving the question of closing or opening hours to the whims of local authorities. I agree that what would work in Piccadilly would not work in the back streets of Birmingham or even in the centre of Birmingham. The Bill gives power to local authorities to make...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: I cannot accept that. My constituency is South Bradford, but I know all about the centre of Bradford, and because I was born in London I know about the centre of London. It is not possible to make a comparison in respect either of the shopping areas or the cost of properties in those two cities. All I can say is that if I wanted to buy a house I would rather buy it in Bradford, and not in...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: Yes, I have heard of that, which is very prominent in Bradford, but the hon. Member for Dorset, South did not mention it. He talked of launderettes. I rarely see workers there. They are based more on automation and the slot machines which we have had from time immemorial. That has nothing to do with this issue. Having worked in a shop and been associated closely with thousands of shop...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: It does not work like that. More than three-quarters of the shops in Britain employ fewer than four people, including the manager or working proprietor. How can one operate a shift system with four workers? Employers with whom I have negotiated have said that a shift system cannot be worked with a small staff, and they have been referring to staffs of up to a dozen. Only the very large...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: The abolition of legislation governing closing hours will result in many shops going to the wall, partly because of the facts I have mentioned and partly because of increased competition. The multiples will be fighting each other to see which can stay open later. Are we to have a situation in which our shops workers, who already work unsocial hours, work split shifts? This is what will come....

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: I was going to develop the argument that—[interruption.] I am happy to develop the argument—[Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: I was trying to develop the point—

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: I was about to develop the potential of trade. I am sure that this a move for commercial and pecuniary reasons. I will not accept that it is anything else. I have explained the real problems confronting both sides of distributive industry. Surely there is one whole cake to divide—the cake of trade to be done. There is so much money to be spend and so much purchasing power in the nation....

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: Yes. Indeed, thought is being given to extending it. There is still only so much trade to be done. Is there any real advantage for the mass of consuming public and for the mass of employers to put themselves to such difficulty? As has been stated, the overheads will go up tremendously. Social conditions for workers will worsen. Firm B may lose business to Firm A. It is foolhardy to sacrifice...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: I thank my hon. Friend. When I spoke about the bad employers in distribution, I said that there are exceptions. There are some very good employers. I would not for a moment suggest that they are all bad. The large multiple firms understand this difficulty to which I have referred. If they were compelled to keep open until 9 o'clock or 10 o'clock at night because their competitors down the...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: My hon. Friend has a very good point there. When the housewife goes to the shops she pays a great deal of attention to prices, especially in these days when the £ is worth less and less as time goes on. She wants the cheapest, but she also wants the best possible quality. That applies not only to food but to pots and pans, clothing and shoes. I do not believe that the mass of the shopping...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Weekday Trading) Bill (11 Dec 1970)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that the hon. Member for Dorset, South (Mr. Evelyn King) said he would be agreeable to Part II of the Bill being amended to give greater protection to employees? Is is not a fact that although the removal of the present restrictions might save a certain amount of enforce ment work, shop workers would have double their present work to do because of the additional work...


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