HC Deb 17 March 1938 vol 333 cc571-2
3. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Labour the number of manual workers having agreements which provide holidays with pay; and how many such workers have concluded holidays-with-pay agreements since 31st December, 1936, to the last convenient date?

10. Mr. Thorne

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has received the report of the committee on paid holidays and what are their recommendations; and how many workers in the United Kingdom have been promised holidays with pay?

Mr. E. Brown

I have not yet received this report, but the committee is actively engaged in its preparation. The information in my possession is insufficient to enable me to state the total number of workpeople to whom holidays with pay are granted or have been promised, but it is estimated that about 3,000,000 wage-earners are now covered by collective agreements between organisations of employers and workpeople providing for annual holidays with pay. The number covered by collective agreements arrived at since 31st December, 1936, is estimated at about 1,250,000.

Mr. T. Smith

Does that figure include recent agreements?

Mr. Brown

These include the latest figures I have—at least, within a day or two.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the general feeling that this proposal is desirable, will the Minister take steps either to speed up the process or to introduce legislation making holidays with pay applicable to all workers?

Mr. Brown

This committee has been sitting and considerable progress has been made by voluntary agreement, which, I think it will be agreed, is the most satisfactory way. I am awaiting the committee's report, which will not be long now.

Mr. Thorne

Do these agreements include 4,000 iron-stone miners?

Mr. Brown

Perhaps the hon. Member would give me notice of a particular case like that.

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

On a point of Order. Is it in order for the Minister to anticipate the findings of a committee of this kind by saying the voluntary system is the most satisfactory?

Mr. Brown

It is a matter of opinion.

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