HC Deb 22 August 1916 vol 85 cc2467-8
28. Mr. PRATT

asked the Minister of Munitions whether his attention has been called to the remarks made by the chairman of the Glasgow Munitions Tribunal on Tuesday last in reference to the low wages paid to certain munitions workers, for instance, a wage of 27s. for a week of fifty-six hours, and that he had expressed his opinion fifty times in the strongest possible manner; and whether, in view of the high increasing cost of the necessaries of life, he proposes to take any action in the matter?


My attention had not been called previously to any remarks made by the chairman on the particular occasion referred to. I am aware, however, that the question of the wages paid to labourers in this district has from time to time been the subject of comment before the tribunal. Any question as to the wages of these men which cannot be settled between the parties should be referred as a difference to the Board of Trade under Part I. of the Munitions of War Act.