§ 12. Mr. Higgs
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the rush that exists to purchase food and other commodities at the week-ends when workers have been paid; and will he investigate the advisability of encouraging the largest adjacent employers to stagger their pay-days, thereby reducing the necessity for queues?
§ Mr. Bevin
The desirability of staggering pay-days with a view to reducing the concentration of shopping at week-ends, was brought by me to the notice of the British Employers' Confederation and the Trades Union Congress last December, and those two bodies have co-operated with me by communicating on the subject with organisations of employers and trade unions throughout the country.
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
Does not the confusion referred to largely arise from the fact that the shops are denuded of assistants?