HC Deb 11 March 1925 vol 181 cc1313-4

asked the Minister of Labour whether the wages paid to men working upon the arterial road scheme on the Watford by-pass road at Elstree agree with the award of the Conciliation Board, or whether an increase of Id. per hour should have been paid since last September; and whether accommodation is provided for meals, washing, and sanitary purposes?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)

I have been asked to reply. I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the wages paid to unskilled labour. The rate of wages paid to unskilled labourers employed on the Watford by-pass road near Elstree is 1s. 1½d. per hour, which agrees with the award of the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors' Conciliation Board for comparable areas. No change has been made by the Board in this rate since December, 1923. Accommodation for messing, shelter, and sanitary purposes is provided by the contractors under the terms of their contracts.