HC Deb 21 February 1940 vol 357 c1329
40. Mr. A. Jenkins asked

the Minister of Transport whether there is adequate machinery for ensuring that the wages paid to persons employed on trunk roads are on a fair basis; and, if not, what steps is he taking to set up such machinery?

Captain Wallace

Work on trunk roads is carried out partly by direct labour and partly by contract. Direct labour is employed by a highway authority acting as my agent for the maintenance and repair of the trunk road, and a condition of the agency agreement is that the wages and conditions of service shall correspond with those of the authority's employés of a similar grade and engaged upon similar work. In the case of contract works, a condition is included in the standard form of contract providing that the principle of the fair wages resolution shall be observed by contractors.