HC Deb 17 May 1938 vol 336 cc200-1
13. Mr. T. Smith

asked the Secretary for Mines the number of mining districts in which agreements have been concluded for holidays with pay; the approximate number of workers covered by such agreements; and how many are to operate this year?

Captain Crookshank

Agreements for holidays with pay affecting the main classes of workpeople have been concluded in South Wales and Monmouthshire, Durham, Lancashire and Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire, North Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, North Wales, Cumberland, and Forest of Dean. These agreements all operate wholly or partially this year and approximately 443,000 workpeople are affected. Negotiations are in progress in the other districts.

Mr. Smith

Are there any special difficulties in the way of settlements in the other districts?

Captain Crookshank

No, Sir, not that I know of. Negotiations are in progress.

Mr. George Griffiths

Does the Minister know that the cost of all the holidays with pay comes out of the wages ascertainments?