HC Deb 28 July 1924 vol 176 cc1747-8
51. Sir K. WOOD

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the present position concerning the demand of the workers in the electricity supply industry for a wages increase; how many men are involved; and whether any suggestion for an arbitration concerning the matters in dispute has been made?


Application was made in February to the Joint Industrial Council for the Electricity Supply Industry for a general advance in wages of 10s. per week. The employers' side offered arbitration. On a ballot taken by the trade unions concerned there were 5,112 votes in favour of arbitration and 7,630 in favour of a strike. The number of employés in the industry is about 29,000. At a subsequent meeting of the council on 18th July, the employers' side again offered arbitration. The executives of the trade unions concerned are meeting on 30th July to consider the position. A meeting of the council has been fixed for 15th August.


Does the Minister propose to set up a court of inquiry into this matter?


I must have notice of that question.