HC Deb 24 June 1918 vol 107 cc714-5
62. Mr. HOLT

asked the Minister of Labour how many Provisional Order Bills have been passed for the purpose of extending the operation of the Trade Boards Act, the number of such Bills introduced which failed to pass, and the stage of procedure at which the failure took place?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. George Roberts)

In 1913 a Trade Boards Provisional Orders Confirmation Bill was introduced which included five Provisional Orders. One of the Orders, which proposed to apply the Trade Boards Act to calendering and machine ironing in steam laundries, was opposed, and the Bill was referred to a Special Committee. The Committee rejected the Order relating to laundries and reported the Bill with this Amendment to the House. The Bill was then passed as amended. In 1914 a Bill was introduced to confirm a Provisional Order applying the Act to calendering and machine ironing in laundries. A petition was presented against this Bill, and it was referred to a Special Committee, which reported that it was unable to confirm the Order, and the Bill was accordingly withdrawn.