§ Mr. E. Brown
In those industries for which statistics are regularly compiled, the changes in rates of wages reported to my Department during the year ended 31st December, 1936, are estimated to have resulted in a net increase of about £487,000 a week in the full-time weekly rates of wages of about 4,000,000 work-people. These statistics are exclusive of changes in the rates of wages of agricultural labourers, domestic servants, shop assistants, clerks and Government employés, and they relate in the main to changes collectively arranged between organised groups of employers and work-people. It is estimated that, in the industries for which information is available, the average level of full-time weekly rates of wages rose by about 3 per cent. during this period, this being the largest proportional increase in any single year since 1924.
§ Mr. Thorne
Is the Minister aware that there are very few instances of employers of labour giving advances of wages until they have been compelled to do so by organised labour?
§ Mr. Lawson
Are we to take it from the answer that the only reliable information at the Ministry is that based upon the organised workers?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Arising out of the original answer, does the Minister not consider that he would give real wages a real upward swing by pushing forward with payment for holidays?