HC Deb 23 February 1914 vol 58 cc1405-6
62. Mr. FELL

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been directed to the fact that the Ford Manufacturing Company of the United States has increased the wages of all the thousands of married workmen employed to a minimum of £1 a day each; and if he will cause an inquiry to be made into the special causes which enable such wages to be paid by this company and issue a Report on the matter?


I have seen in the newspapers accounts of certain schemes for the distribution of some of the profits of the company referred to by the hon. Member, but as these schemes are of very recent origin I propose to defer making any inquiries until they have been tested by the experience of at least a year.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the report in the newspapers is correct?


It is not for me to make inquiries as to the correctness of the reports of this particular scheme. The best report of it is to be found in an American paper called the "Survey," which I am placing in the Library for hon. Members to see.


Is it a fact that this company at their English works are paying an equally high minimum wage to, their workmen?


I believe that is so.