HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 cc1874-5
46. Major Lloyd

asked the Lord President of the Council the rates of wages and the average weekly earnings of those in each trade employed in the buildings and sites of the 1951 Exhibition; and what is the incentive bonus in each case.

Mr. H. Morrison

If we are to get this exhibition open in 1951 those responsible for the preparations must be allowed to get on with the job, and I cannot ask them to undertake the work involved in producing the detailed analysis for which the hon. and gallant Member is asking.

Major Lloyd

While accepting that from the right hon. Gentleman, may I ask him if he is aware of the fact that the authorities principally concerned—namely, the contractors and building people—are very anxious indeed, because they feel that unless a greater incentive is given to the workers, this thing will not be done in time?

Mr. Morrison

I am very glad the contractors are anxious—I want them to be. The more anxious they are, the more likely they are to finish the job in time.

Mrs. Jean Mann

Would not my right hon. Friend agree that it is very important that the workers should have an incentive on the lines of that given already elsewhere—£100,000 without Income Tax—on condition that they take no part in building the next Festival of Britain?

Major Lloyd

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a very large number of the individuals concerned who want an incentive, do not agree with his views on incentives which he expressed over the weekend?

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