HC Deb 18 October 1949 vol 468 cc485-6
61. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking in consultation with the trade union leaders, the boards of nationalised industries, and the employers, to bring about an increase of wages for the lower paid workers, in view of the increased difficulties arising from the devaluation of sterling.

Sir S. Ctipps

None, Sir. It is not for me to initiate movements for wage increases.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the Chancellor's reference to the family in his devaluation speech, and his announcement about practical help to the poorer paid families, would not practical help to them be of much more value than the continuance of this sentimental twaddle?

Sir S. Cripps

This is not dealing with sentimental twaddle but dealing with the level of wages.

Mr. Gallacher

Will not the Chancellor read his own speech? That talked about the importance of the family and recognised the need for increasing the incomes of the poorer-paid families. Will not the Chancellor take some steps to assist them?