HC Deb 25 January 1944 vol 396 c534
49. Sir Douglas Hacking

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the publication, a copy of which has been sent to him, entitled "Work, the future of British Industry," issued by the Conservative party sub-committee, on reconstruction; and whether, in view of the recommendation contained therein regarding equal pay for men and women doing equal work, he will now move to set up a Select Committee to make full inquiries with a view to the adoption of this principle within the Civil Service.

Sir J. Anderson

Yes, Sir. I have read the publication in question, but am afraid I cannot depart from the statement I made in reply to my right hon. Friend on 23rd November.

Mr. W. J. Brown

Is the Minister aware that the majority of Members in this House favour the immediate application of the principle of equal payment; and if he is not prepared to act upon it will he give the House an opportunity of debating the question?

Sir J. Anderson

The last part of the supplementary question is clearly not a matter for me, but there are ways in which the opinion of the House can be tested. I believe that it has not hitherto been considered reasonable to expect the Government to take the lead in this matter.