HC Deb 17 April 1923 vol 162 c1878
77. Major PAGET

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether, in view of the evidence which he now has received from the Joint Industrial Council, No. 7 District, of the quarry industry, of certain local authorities obtaining stone for roads from contractors and others who do not pay the fair wage, he will say what steps he is taking or has taken in view of his recent statement about fair wages?

Colonel ASHLEY

The evidence submitted by the Joint Industrial Council, No. 7 District, is of a comprehensive character, covering as it does 34 instances in 10 or more counties. These numerous particulars are being investigated, but until the investigation has been completed, I cannot forecast what action may be found to be necessary.


Will the hon. and gallant Member inform me when the investigations are complete and what will be done?

Colonel ASHLEY

I will certainly communicate privately with my hon. and gallant Friend.


Are these contractors working under the Fair Wages Clause adopted by the House of Commons?

Colonel ASHLEY

In some cases they do, and in some case I believe they do not.


Why not?