Results 61–80 of 308 for speaker:Mr Ernest Bennett

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.: Broadcasting (Wave-Lengths). (2 May 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I am informed by the British Broadcasting Corporation that the recent changes in wave-lengths were made in the interests of listeners generally and with the object of making the best possible use of the wave-lengths available for the broadcasting service in this country. In some districts reception of the national programmes from the nearest station has been rendered some what more difficult;...

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.: Broadcasting (Wave-Lengths). (2 May 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: These new arrangements have been made to secure the greater happiness and convenience of the greatest number of licence holders. If the hon. Member has any specific case of hardship, I will look into it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Foreign Parcels). (30 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The present limit of weight for foreign parcels is 22 pounds, and special arrangements have to be made to deal with the heaviest of these parcels. I do not consider it desirable under present circumstances that weights in excess of this limit should be dealt with through the medium of the Post Office.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Foreign Parcels). (30 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: We do not consider it reasonable to ask our post office girls or for that matter our men to deal with these heavy weights. I cannot answer for all the countries mentioned, but as regards one, Spain, the parcel post, though normally under the Post Office, is really handled by the railways.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office Contract, Burslem (Fair Wages Clause). (16 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The five firms to whom the hon. Member refers employ between them only nine adult coopers; these firms are engaged in industries to which cooperage is only ancillary. The great majority of the coopers employed by firms solely engaged in the cooperage trade in the Burslem district are in the employment of three other firms of whom the Post Office contractor is one. These firms between them...

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office Contract, Burslem (Fair Wages Clause). (16 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: That is not the view of the Post Office, but might remind the hon Member that Joint Industrial Council writ does not run in this area. I have already told him that there are only three firms in this area where coopers alone are employed and these firms pay uniform rates.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office Contract, Burslem (Fair Wages Clause). (16 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Of course, where we are running our own contracts we put into operation the fair wages resolution passed by this House. It may interest the hon. Member to know that the Post Office contractor who does our work in the Burslem area pays for the Post Office work at a rate of 1s 3d. to 1s. 5ΒΌ d. per hour.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office Contract, Burslem (Fair Wages Clause). (16 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The strong casks required by brewers are water, or rather, beer tight; our goods are of much lighter texture for holding insulators and the like.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office Contract, Burslem (Fair Wages Clause). (16 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The hon. Member cannot have listened to what I said. There are three firms engaged in cooperage employing 30 coopers. They must be regarded as representing the cooperage industry in this area. It surely cannot be suggested that the industry is represented by eight or nine coopers employed sporadically here and there by firms engaged in other forms of industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office Contract, Burslem (Fair Wages Clause). (16 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I do not think that arises out of the question.

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: We can all sympathise with the motive which underlies the speech of the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander), for in all sections of the House there is a real desire that the wages and conditions of our working men and women shall be fair and adequate. In fact, the Fair Wages Resolution has, from the moment of its inception in 1929, been generally accepted as an indication of this...

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: There is no agreed rate in this locality in the ordinary sense of the word.

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: That is not the case so far as our information goes.

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: In any case, it would not necessarily compel us to accept a particular contract at that rate. The hon. Member is now suggesting rescinding the fair wages clause.

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: It must be rescinded if we are to have something different. This would, of course, mean the introduction of an entirely new principle, and would create a number of difficulties which the hon. Member has, perhaps, overlooked. The suggested new principle is based upon the existence of an agree-merit somewhere, and takes no account of the actual facts of the case in any particular place. There...

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Yes, I do. An indeterminate liability would also be imposed on non-federated contractors or potential contractors who would not be associated with the making or amendment of agreements. It is indeed very difficult to justify the proposed change. Machinery already exists for the determination of fair wages and conditions in industry through the machinery of the Joint Industrial Council, and I...

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Certainly, inquiries have been made. One inquiry produced the fact that the shilling rate does not exist, that it is more than a shilling. There are, no doubt, many industries in which no rates exist which have been fixed by national agreements, but if those concerned in the fixing of wages are unable or unwilling or too indifferent to secure such national agreements one can hardly expect the...

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Although we do not publish the details of tenders, I can assure the hon. Member that many other factors besides wages enter into the subject-matter of such contracts. I will give him one example which may be of interest to him. Some time ago a Birmingham cooperage contract was allotted to a London firm, which was actually paying 1s. 6d. an hour, a penny an hour more than the Wolverhampton...

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: No.

Post Office Contracts (Fair Wages Clause). (10 Apr 1935)

Mr Ernest Bennett: It is a little hypocritical for the Labour party to attack the Government when they themselves carried out this principle and practice of the Fair Wages Resolution.


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