HC Deb 20 February 1930 vol 235 cc1561-2
31. Mr. G. OLIVER

asked the Minister of Labour whether the wages now paid in the lace industry show any increase over the rates operating in 1924; and the amount of such increase, if any, that may have taken place?


No increase in the general level of rates of wages in the lace industry has been reported to the Department since 1924.


Does not the right hon. Lady think that these figures show conclusively that there is no advantage in Safeguarding from the operatives' point of view?

Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT

Is it not a fact that the lace industry was on short time five and a-half hours at the time the duty was imposed, and this was reduced to only one and a-half hours until the Chancellor of the Exchequer made his disastrous statement?