HC Deb 29 November 1938 vol 342 cc216-7
7. Mr. Maxton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether agricultural wages committees are now operating in all districts in Scotland; whether minimum wage rates have been fixed in all districts; whether any infringements of the law have taken place; and, if so, whether proceedings have been taken in any cases?

Mr. Colville

The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the third part, a number of cases of alleged payment of wages at less than the statutory minimum rates have been reported, and, where investigation has disclosed under-payment, steps have been taken for recovery of the arrears due. So far, no case has reached the stage of legal proceedings.

Mr. Maxton

How many inspectors has the Department working on this?

Mr. Colville

I should require notice of that question.

Mr. Stephen

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a good deal of discontent because action has not been taken, and will he expedite an inquiry into the cases I have put before him?

Mr. Colville

I will be glad to look into any cases the hon. Member brings to my notice, but I can tell him that a good number of these cases have been dealt with.