HC Deb 03 April 1952 vol 498 cc1907-8
63. Miss Irene Ward

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the estimated cost of the agreed second week's annual paid holiday to workers in Government industrial establishments; and if he will consult with employers and trades unions on the possibility of compulsory implementation throughout industry.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The claim for an additional week's paid holiday for Government industrial employees is still under discussion with the trade unions concerned. The other parts of the Question therefore do not arise.

Miss Ward

While welcoming the decision of my hon. Friend—[HON. MEMBERS: "What decision?"] Well, may I ask my hon. Friend whether, in view of the fact that the decision is under discussion and that it will involve repercussions when it is taken, he will also consider introducing equal pay in the Civil Service?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

All relevant considerations will be borne in mind.

Mr. A. J. Bottomley

Does that reply mean that the Government are contemplating giving two weeks' holiday with pay to all these employees this year?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The right hon. Gentleman will appreciate that while negotiations are actually taking place with the trade unions, concerned, it would be somewhat inappropriate for me to comment on these details.