§ 7.0 p.m.
§ Mr. ENTWISTLE
I beg to move, in page 5, line 36, at the end, to insert:(2) For the purposes of this Act all weavers employed in the industry shall be deemed to form a single class, and other classes shall be determined in like manner by reference to the several occupations of the persons employed.This Amendment is of a drafting character, but is nevertheless important. It is essential that the definition of a "class" should be perfectly clear. As the words stand in Clause 1, it is arguable that the class referred to there might be covered by a local association which makes a district agreement with regard to wages. Furthermore, one section of a class, such as, for example, weavers might be deemed to be a class for the purposes of Clause 1. If one thing is clear, it is that the Bill does not mean to sanction agreements unless they are of a national character. They must apply to the industry as a whole. This subsection defining the word "class" is therefore necessary to make that point perfectly clear.
I agree with the hon. Member who moved this Amendment that this definition is an improvement, and we are prepared to accept it.
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Clause 8 (Short title and duration of Sections 1 and 2) ordered to stand part of the Bill.
§ Schedule (Areas in which Cotton Manufacturing Industry is carried on) agreed to.
§ Bill reported; as amended, considered; read the Third time, and passed.