§ 77. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that there is a definite shortage of work at the London and North Eastern Railway repair shops at Stratford, and that, in consequence, skilled men are unable to work to full capacity; and what action he is taking to enable these men to be fully engaged in work of pressing social and national importance?
§ Captain Wallace
I understand that there is no shortage of work at the London and North Eastern Railway Company's locomotive and carriage repair works at Stratford, but that at their wagon repair shops at Temple Mills there has temporarily been some shortage of wagons for repairs owing to the recent abnormal weather conditions. This resulted in a reduction, for the time being, in piecework earnings at the latter shops, but no man employed there has received less than his standard time rate of pay, and I am informed that these shops are now completely back to normal working.