HC Deb 07 April 1938 vol 334 cc491-2
1. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any information with regard to the general standard of remuneration paid to foreign girls permitted to work in this country as domestic servants, companions, etc.?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)

No, Sir. I may mention, however, that it is one of the conditions for the grant of a permit to employ a foreign domestic servant that the wages to be paid are not less favourable than those usually paid to British employés for similar work in the district. It is not the Department's practice in any circumstances to grant permits for foreign domestics where the wage offered is less than £36 a year.

Mr. Mander

Are steps taken to check the payment of wages, and is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that British sub- jects are not being undercut by the foreigners who come in?

Mr. Brown

Most decidedly.

Mr. Mander

Are steps taken to check the position?

Mr. Brown


Mr. Bellenger

Is the Minister aware that in a large number of these cases the girls are paid much greater salaries than English girls?

Mr. Brown

That is so.

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Is it not a fact that our own people will not take up domestic service?

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