HC Deb 30 June 1938 vol 337 c2100
4. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he has taken in respect to the setting up of a special section in his Department to deal with holidays, with pay, and the spread-over of holidays; whether further consideration has been given to the granting of a statutory right to all workers of holidays, with pay; and whether it is the intention of his Department to examine the problem of holiday congestion and the ways of avoiding it?

Mr. E. Brown

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies which I gave to the hon. Member for Blackpool (Mr. R. Robinson) on 2nd and 23rd June. The question of holiday arrangements in all its aspects will receive consideration by the Inderdepartmental Committee.

Mr. Creech Jones

My question is whether further consideration has been given to the proposal for granting a statutory right to all workers. Have the Government considered introducing legislation covering all workers?

Mr. Brown

I have already pointed out in the very long reply to which I have referred the hon. Member that we are bringing in a Bill to deal with the first steps.

Mr. Creech Jones

Are we to take it that the Government have not yet decided to implement that part of the report which recommends that there should be an enactment to cover all workers?

Mr. Brown

I would not accept the statement in that form. I think the hon. Member had better look at the original answer, which covers every major point.

Mr. George Griffiths

And means nothing.

Mr. Macquisten

Will "workers" include employers, some of whom work very hard?