HC Deb 07 April 1938 vol 334 cc496-7
10. Mr. Thorne

asked the Minister of Labour the terms of the exception certificate granted to the Durham County Water Board in respect to their employés; whether, among the conditions of exception, there is any guarantee that all employés coming within the scope of such a certificate shall have a full six-day working week; and whether he is aware that a section of the employés of the Durham County Water Board have for the past five or six years been working a shorter working week than the 47-hour week agreed upon?

Mr. E. Brown

The certificate of exception granted to the Durham County Water Board covers persons in permanent employment in posts which the Board has designated as established under the Local Government Superannuation Act, 1922. In granting the certificate, the Minister requires no guarantee that the employés covered shall always have a full six-day working week, but the certificate contains a note to the effect that it will cease to apply to any person placed upon short time, not being short time which in the opinion of the Minister makes it unnecessary for the persons concerned to be insured under the Act. I am not aware of the circumstances alleged in the last part of the question.