HC Deb 24 March 1938 vol 333 cc1347-8
2. Mr. Day

asked the Minister of Labour what has been the result of the inquiry he has held into the hours of labour, conditions of employment generally, and wages received by persons employed in cinemas; and what action he now proposes to take?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)

Returns giving particulars of the wages and hours of the workers employed have now been received from 4,489 cinemas. Of 339 others to which applications for information were originally despatched, 197 have been found either to be closed down or to employ no workpeople other than members of the proprietors' families; of the remaining 142 cinemas, 83 have refused to furnish information, and 59 have not responded to five applications, including two per- sonal visits. The summarisation of the information received is now approaching completion, and as soon as the results of the inquiry are available, I propose to consider the whole position in the light of the facts revealed.

Mr. Day

Has the Minister any compulsory powers in this matter?

Mr. Brown

So far as I am aware, none whatever.