§ 15. Mr. Day
asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that, according to particulars supplied to his Department, many persons employed in the cinema industry are still compelled to work 70 hours and over per week at wages of approximately £2 10s. per week with very little rest-time, and who are not subject to any area agreements operating between the employers and/or employers' organisations, he will say what action he now proposes to take to remedy these conditions of employment?
§ Mr. E. Brown
In general I am of opinion that the regulation of wages and other conditions of employment can best be dealt with by the ordinary method of negotiation between employers and workpeople. As the hon. Member is aware, good progress has been made by this method in the case of cinema employe's in recent months. Agreements have already been concluded in a number of districts and negotiations are proceeding with a view to all areas being covered. I am assured that the organisations concerned are taking effective action and that further intervention on my part is not called for at the present time. There is an individual letter from the hon. Member the reply to which is almost ready.