§ 34. Mr. LAMBERT
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, under a Trade Board regulation issued 1288 by his Department, a country milkroundsman's wages are fixed at 42s. per week of 48 hours and that, in the same districts, agricultural workers' wages are fixed at from 30s. to 32s. per week; and what is the reason for this differentiation?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. R. S. Hudson)
These rates are fixed, in the one case by the Trade Board for the Milk Distributive Trade, and in the other by the Agricultural Wages Committees set up under the Agricultural Wages Regulation Act. Employers and workers are represented on these bodies, and I have no doubt that all relevant considerations, including the rates of wages paid in other industries have been taken into account.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
Is my hon. Friend aware that considerably more intelligence is required in the care and milking of cows than in the distribution of milk?