HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 c1365
72. Mr. Logan

asked the Minister of Labour, in conformity with his Liverpool dockers' pooling scheme, whether he is prepared to arrange an earlier pay-day than Saturday so as to enable the wives to have shopping facilities?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Tomlinson)

This question of an alteration in the payday at the Liverpool Docks is one of the matters at present under consideration by the parties concerned.

Mr. Logan

Do I take it that the hon. Gentleman is prepared to put into operation such a system as is referred to in the question? Is he not aware that Liverpool dockers' wives will not be able to get food supplies at all if such an arrangement is not put into operation?

Mr. Tomlinson

I think the hon. Member can take it that the Minister will be quite prepared to accept the arrangement provided that agreement is reached between the parties concerned. May I further say that this question is under—I think the official term is—very active consideration?

Mr. Marshall

Can the hon. Gentleman give us any assurance that the principle of staggered pay-days is under consideration in industry generally?

Mr. Tomlinson

That is another question.