HC Deb 03 May 1939 vol 346 cc1855-6
29. Mr. Leslie

asked the Minister of Transport the rate of wages being paid by the contractor and sub-contractors to the lorry drivers engaged in connection with the re-surfacing of the main roads in the county of Zetland; and what are the daily hours worked by these drivers?

Captain Wallace

I assume that the hon. Member refers to the road-surfacing contracts which are now being carried out on Class I roads in Zetland. The contractor employs four sub-contractors, and I understand that the wages paid by them to the lorry drivers and the hours worked per day are as follow:

Weekly Wage. Hours work per day.
42s. 6d. 10
50s. 0d. 10
45s. 0d. 9
45s. 0d. 9

Mr. Burke

Is that what is known as Shetland?

Captain Wallace

That is so.

Mr. Thorne

Is the trade-union rate paid for this class of work?

Captain Wallace

The contractor is, of course, responsible for the wages and conditions which are imposed by his subcontractors. I understand that the rates paid compare favourably with those prevailing in the district. Owing to the fact that it was impossible to telephone this morning I have not as complete information on this matter as I otherwise would have had.