HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1529-30
51. Wing-Commander Roland Robinson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to announce what action he will take to secure the staggering of holidays as recommended by the Catering Wages Commission.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

I am proposing to appoint a standing committee under the chairmanship of my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary representative of the different interests concerned to stimulate and co-ordinate action in the matter in England and Wales. In conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland I propose to appoint a similar committee for Scotland under the chairmanship of one of the Joint Under-Secretaries of State for Scotland. The services of the staff of my Department will be available to take the necessary day-to-day action with the appropriate authorities in accordance with the plans of the standing committees and, by arrangement with my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, my regional controllers will have the advice and assistance of the regional boards for industry in this connection.

Wing-Commander Robinson

Will the right hon. Gentleman say when the Committees will begin work?

Mr. Isaacs

As soon as we can get them constituted, and we are dealing with it at once.