§ 102. Mr. TILLETT
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that efforts were made to settle through the Joint Industrial Council a dispute between the employers in the road transport industry and the National Transport Workers' Federation; that the employers refused to submit any proposals to the Council, and that one of the parties to the Council was the Motor Transport Employers' Federation; whether the employers insisted upon local negotiations, and that at present in consequence of the failure of such negotiations there is a strike at 2427 Bristol; is he aware that the Motor Transport Employers' Federation has issued an instruction to the employers at Bristol that they are not under any conditions to yield to the men's demands; and that the demands of the men if granted would produce a wage of only 73s. per week to car-men and 85s. per week to motormen in the circumstances; and is he prepared to order a public inquiry into the whole question?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Sir Montague Barlow)
I am aware of this dispute both in its national and local aspects. I have no knowledge of the instruction referred to. Settlements have been reached with a number of employés in Bristol, and the Ministry's local conciliation office is doing his best to compose the remaining differences. I do not think that the case is one which calls for an inquiry as suggested by my hon. Friend, but I need not say that the Department will continue its efforts.
|MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT.|
|Particulars of the Provincial Offices of the Ministry and of the staff employed at each are as follows:-|
|Office.||Address.||Staff employed.||Approximate annual cost of staff, including travelling and incidental expenses.|
|Irish Branch||Oriel House, Westland Row, Dublin||41||16,138|
|Edinburgh (Roads Office)||5, Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh||5||2,218|
|Area Transport Commissioners:|
|London, Eastern and Home Counties.||12a, Charles Street, Haymarket, S.W.||6||3,622|
|Midlands||19, Guildhall Buildings, Navigation Street, Birmingham.||3||1,905|
|Northern||Quebec Annexe 2, Park Place, Infirmary Street, Leeds.||2||1,679|
|Wales and Monmouth||18, Dumfries Place, Cardiff||3||1,849|
|Southern and South Western||23, Royal York Crescent, Clifton, Bristol.||3||1,945|
|Scotland||5, Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh||3||1,717|
|Sub-Inspecting Officer of Rail ways, Glasgow.||250, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow||1||1,000|
§ In addition there are officers of the Joint Roads Committee transferred from the War Office at Salisbury, Halton Park2428
§ Sir M. BARLOW
I think I must have notice. I do not think I can answer so recently as from yesterday without notice.