§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY OF LABOUR (Mr. Bridgeman)
I have been asked to reply to this question. The awards of the Committee on Production are applicable to the establishments in respect of which the employers and the unions, or workmen concerned, have been parties to the arbitration proceedings. If the employers concerned have establishments in Ireland, and the application included these, the awards will be applicable to those establishments. I am sending the hon. Member copies of the Orders which governed the 12½ per cent. bonus.
§ Mr. HOLT
Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the fact that during the absence of compulsory military service the labour market in Ireland is in a much more favourable position than in England, and will he in the interests of the public Exchequer take advantage of that fact in any Government transaction?