§ 6. Mr. Robert Gibson
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that there is a lack of canteen facilities in industrial premises on the Clyde; that the provision of such facilities would be a great adjunct both towards providing for the material well-being of the workers and the raising and maintenance of output; and what steps he proposes to take to secure the provision of such facilities and their efficient operation?
§ Mr. Bevin
Yes, Sir. I am much concerned to secure additional canteen facilities for industrial workers in the Clyde and other areas. I have already made an Order under which firms occupying relatively large factories, including shipbuilding yards, can if necessary be required by law to provide canteens. The matter is 273 being actively taken up by factory inspectors, and I understand that a number of firms who have not already got canteens are now considering their establishment. The efficient operation of canteens is also being watched; and I am in close touch with the Minister of Food as to supplies. I have also taken up the question of additional canteen facilities for dock workers.
§ Mr. Gibson
Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is much better to push this matter forward by agreement between firms and trade unions, and will he keep in mind that there are many women in Greenock who had experience in canteen work during the last war and that they are available for service?