4. Mr. WILSON
asked the Minister of Labour what action is being taken by the Toy Manufacturing Trade Board with regard to the production for the Coronation of carnival novelties, both in factories and homes; whether he is aware that at the time of the Jubilee workers were paid at the rate of 6d. per gross for headbands sold at 1s. each, carnival sticks paid for at 1s. 3d. per gross were sold at 1s. 3d. each, tinsel fans paid for at 1s. 4½d. per gross were sold at 6d. each, and luck favours paid for at 4½d. per gross were sold at 9d. 218 each; and whether any steps are being taken to protect the women and children engaged in such trades from such exploitation?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
Since the Jubilee I have extended the scope of the Toy Manufacturing Trade Board to cover the making of carnival novelties and statutory minimum rates of wages are now in operation. Practically all the firms concerned have been inspected since the rates came into force, and due attention will continue to be given to this aspect of the matter.