HC Deb 20 November 1941 vol 376 cc435-7
16. Mr. Higgs

asked the Minister of Labour the names of the employers' organisations which are represented in the retail joint industrial councils; the approximate percentage of firms or individuals who own retail shops that are members of the employers' organisations so represented; whether he can give an assurance that all the employers' organisations represented in the councils have sought and received their members formal agreement to their participation in discussions for formulating retail wages schemes which would be taken into account by a National Arbitration Tribunal constituted under the Conditions of Employment and National Arbitration Order of 18th July, 1940?

Mr. Tomlinson

There are five councils concerned, and as the list of Associations is rather long, I will circulate it, if I may, in the OFFICIAL REPORT. With regard to. the second and third parts of the Question, I would point out that these councils are voluntary bodies set up by the industries themselves, and the information asked for can only be obtained from the organisations concerned.

Mr. Higgs

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of employers in the retail trade repudiate the suggestion that they are represented either directly or indirectly on these joint industrial councils, and, what is more, that a large number of employers do not know that they exist?

Mr. Tomlinson

I am not responsible for the shortcomings or the lack of knowledge of employers. In the main these are accepted as a national agreement by the organisations of both employers and employees.

Following is the list:


I. Stationery, Bookselling, Newsagency, Tobacco and Confectionery Trades.

II. Hairdressing (including Beauty Specialists).

III. Retail Furnishing, Hardware, Cycle, Radio, etc.

IV. Retail Drapery, Outfitting and Footwear Trades.

V. Retail Food Trades.