§ 63. Mr. Butcher
asked the Minister of Agriculture why the unanimous decision of the Holland Agricultural Wages Committee for advances in wages was not ratified by the Central Wages Board; and what steps he is taking to see that unanimous trade decisions of this character are not overruled in this manner.
I have no information as to the considerations which the Board had in mind, and in any case I have no power to interfere as the Board is a statutory authority with complete discretion in the exercise of its powers.
§ Mr. Butcher
Does not my right hon. Friend think it undesirable that local agreements voluntarily and unanimously entered into should be overridden by some central authority?
§ Sir William Wayland
Is it not a fact that the land in this district is some of the richest in England and does not bear comparison with other land?