HC Deb 13 March 1939 vol 345 cc39-40
73. Mr. Pilkington

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that the principle of the family allowance is recognised in Income Tax rebates, in the Fighting Services' pay, and in the Unemployment Assistance Board rates, the Government will take steps to extend the system throughout industry?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The settlement of wage rates is primarily the concern of the industrial organisations of employers and workers, and my right hon. Friend is not aware of any widespread desire among them for a system of this kind.

Mr. Pilkington

In view of the fact that this system is carried out successfully in many countries in Europe and the Empire, and of the fact that in this country a man with a family has to exist on a lower standard of life than a single man, is it not possible for the Government to take action on the lines suggested in the question?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I can only repeat the answer I have given, namely, that the matter is primarily the concern of the organisations involved.