§ Mr. E. Brown
The attitude of the Government was stated fully in the Debate which took place in the House yesterday.
§ 9. Mr. Mander
asked the Minister of Labour the attitude of the British Government to the proposal at the International Labour Conference to pass a resolution requesting the Governing Body to consider immediately the question of a special draft convention on the reduction of hours of work in the textile industry and the chemical and printing industries?
§ 10. Mr. Mander
asked the Minister of Labour why the British delegate was absent on the occasion of the vote of the committee of the International Labour Conference on the 40-hour week in the textile industry, when the draft convention was adopted by 73 votes to 40; and who the delegate is?
§ Mr. Mander
Can the right hon. Gentleman say why the British delegate was not able to make up his mind to vote?
§ Mr. Mander
I was not asking about the delegate making up his own mind, but why the British Government were unable to make up their minds?
§ Mr. Brown
The British Government expressed their opinion definitely in every case where it was a matter of principle, but in this case there had been no examination of the expert technical work done at Washington. Apparently the textile committee had come to the conclusion that it would not have any detailed discussion.
§ Sir Percy Harris
Will the right hon. Gentleman try to get us a report of the working of the 40-hour week in the textile industry in America? Does he not think that we could get some valuable experience from their operation of it?
§ Sir John Haslam
Will the Minister carefully avoid taking the steps of the last Socialist Government, which reduced the number of working hours?