HC Deb 01 July 1937 vol 325 cc2155-6
70. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether his attention has been called to the strike of 800 workpeople against a wage of 40s. per week for adult men and 25s. for adult women in the Greengate and Irwell Rubber Works, Manchester; and whether this firm is on the list of contractors for His Majesty's Government?

Major Sir George Davies (Comptroller of the Household)

I have been asked to reply. The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative, and to the second in the affirmative.

Mr. Davies

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman convey to his right hon. Friend the desirability, if this firm does any work for the Government, of observing the fair wages clause?

Sir G. Davies

If the hon. Gentleman has any complaint that the fair wages clause in Government contracts is not observed, he should address the Department responsible for the contract.

Mr. Davies

Will not the fact that I have raised this issue in the House be sufficient notice of the complaint that they are not doing the right thing?

Mr. Mander

Do the Government consider that 40s. is a sufficient wage for the men?