HC Deb 17 November 1937 vol 329 cc389-90
50. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has any statement to make as to the inquiries into staggering working hours; and whether he proposes to call a conference of traffic authorities and employers to consider the matter?

Captain Hudson

My right hon. Friend has not yet fully completed the rather lengthy preliminary investigations which are necessary before he will be in a position to make any statement, but much has already been done.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

May I ask the Minister whether, if his right hon. Friend contemplates appointing a committee of inquiry into this matter, he will at the same time consider the question of safeguarding holidays as well as hours?

Captain Hudson

Inquiries are being held in order to see what sort of a conference will be most helpful. As the hon. and gallant Member knows, we want to go into this matter thoroughly and see if something can be done.

Major Sir George Davies

Is it not the fact that to many people the very idea of work is staggering?

Mr. Crowder

Is it not the fact that some of these employes do not agree to the staggering of hours and that it will make it very inconvenient for the employé as well as the employer?