HC Deb 02 October 1941 vol 374 cc697-8
8. Mr. Thorne

asked the Minister of Labour how many trade boards there are under the Trade Boards Act, 1909; how many workers are governed by the boards; and when the last annual report was printed and obtainable?

Mr. Bevin

There are 52 trade boards covering approximately 1,500,000 workers. The latest available report is that contained in the Annual Report of the Ministry of Labour for 1938, published in May, 1939.

Mr. Thorne

Are the trade boards now functioning in any way?

Mr. Bevin

Oh, yes, very effectively; and I have improved and increased the inspectorate.

Mr. Mander

Are there any new ones under consideration at present?

Mr. Bevin

I cannot say.