§ 14. Mr. Rowson
asked the Minister of Labour whether the committee of inquiry into the question of holidays with pay has commenced sitting; and what bodies and persons will be asked to submit evidence thereon?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The Holidays With Pay Committee held its first sitting on 12th April. I understand that certain preliminary evidence will be taken first from the Ministry of Labour, on 27th April, and that thereafter the committee has decided to take evidence initially from the major industrial and commercial 1159 organisations interested; but all bodies and persons interested are being invited to submit evidence.
§ Mr. Brown
The hon. Member will understand that this matter has passed out of my administration and that it is in the hands of the committee. I have no doubt that members of the committee, which consists of four representatives of the Federation and four of the Trades Union Congress, will know who can give evidence and who may be invited.
§ Mr. Brown
It is estimated that the number of workpeople covered by collective agreements between organisations of employers and workpeople providing for annual holidays with pay, including those covering the employés in Government industrial establishments, is between 1½ and 1¾ million. It is known, however, that in addition large numbers of salaried persons, shop assistants, workers on "standing" wages and wage-earners employed by some individual firms who are not parties to collective agreements, receive holidays with pay, but the total number of such employés is not known. My hon. Friend is no doubt aware that I have recently appointed a committee whose terms of reference include the investigation of the extent to which holidays with pay are now given.