HC Deb 25 March 1937 vol 321 cc3047-9
2. Mr. Louis Smith

asked the Minister of Labour the terms of reference and the names of the members of the committee to inquire into the question of holidays with pay; and the date of the committee's first sitting?

5. Mr. Rowson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now state the names of the members of the committee to consider the question of holidays with pay for employed persons; the terms of reference for such committee; and when they will commence their duties?

12. Mr. Kirby

asked the Minister of Labour when the committee to examine the question of holidays with pay will be set up; what will be the terms of reference; and what will be the personnel?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)

The terms of reference of this committee are: To investigate the extent to which holidays with pay are given to employed workpeople, and the possibility of extending the provision of such holidays by statutory enactment or otherwise; and to make recommendations. I am glad to say that I have been able to obtain the services of Lord Amulree as Chairman. The other members include representatives of employers and workpeople appointed in consultation with the National Confederation of Employers' Organisations and the Trades Union Council. The committee will hold its first meeting as soon as possible after Easter. Following is the list of members:

  • Rt. Hon. Lord Amulree, G.B.E., K.C., LL.D. (Chairman).
  • Mr. Ernest Bevin.
  • Captain George Deakin, M.C.
  • Mr. Charles Dukes.
  • Mr. H. H. Elvin.
  • Lady Findlay, D.B.E.
  • Mr. J. Hallsworth.
  • The hon. Member for East Woolwich (Mr. George Hicks).
  • Mr. A. Lyndon Lawrence.
  • Miss Anne Loughlin, O.B.E.
  • Mr. R. Mortimer Montgomery, K.C. Sir David J. Owen.
  • Sir Frederick Richmond, Bt.
  • Mr. W. D. Ross, O.B.E., M.A., LL.D., Litt.D., F.B.A.
  • Mr. W. M. Wiggins, J.P.
  • Sir Evan Williams, Bt.
The secretary is Mr. H. M. Phillips, Ministry of Labour, Montagu House, Whitehall, London, S.W.I.

Mr. Smith

While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether he expects to receive the report of the committee during the present Session?

Mr. Brown

I cannot, of course, tell the House now when the report is likely to come, but the intention is, of course, that the committee will work with all expedition.

Mr. Mander

In the event of the report being received before the Factories Bill leaves this House, will the right hon. Gentleman consider incorporating in the comment on the position at the present Bill the recommendations of the report?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Gentleman is an old enough Member of the House to know that that is a hypothetical question.

Mr. Day

Will it rest with the Minister to call the first meeting of the committee, or will the committee call it themselves?

Mr. Brown

A meeting will be arranged immediately after Easter.