HC Deb 16 March 1948 vol 448 cc1862-3
20. Mr. Yates

asked the Minister of Labour what steps does he take to advise industry of the practice of the most enlightened employers in handling advanced notice of redundancy with particular regard to the length of such notice.

Mr. Isaacs

My local offices have standing instructions pointing out the importance of maintaining local contacts with employers with a view to obtaining advance notice of expected redundancies. I have already under consideration, however, the question whether further action should be taken with this end in view.

Mr. Yates

While I appreciate that answer, I wonder whether the Minister can do something to speed up this matter, in view of the fact that some employers do supplement even the unemployment pay, and as salaried workers, such as bank clerks, usually receive a month's notice, does not he think it reasonable that in the case of redundancy the workers should be given more than one week's notice?

Mr. Isaacs

The trouble is that while we earnestly request employers to give this notice, many of them do not comply and we have no power to control them. However, we shall try again to see whether persuasion can get something from them.