§ 43. Mr. Lewis
asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that Mr. Samuel Skinner, aged 75 years, who was em- 204 ployed as a watchman at his B Depot, 1001/Q, Montague Buildings, West Road. E.15, at a weekly salary of £2 4s. was dismissed on economy grounds on 28th April; and whether, in view of this man's good service and the small amount of money involved, he will consider reemploying him.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Charles Hill)
Staff at the Buffer Depots are employed by the Ministry's operating agents and not by the Ministry of Food, which has no say in individual engagements or dismissals.
§ Mr. Shurmer
In view of the fact that an old man of 75 has been exploited with a wage of £2 4s. a week, will the Parliamentary Secretary make inquiries throughout Food Ministry offices in the country to see that other men are not also being exploited by being paid low wages?
§ Mr. Mikardo
Surely the arrangements between the Ministry and the contractors are covered by the Fair Wages Clause, and will the hon. Gentleman say whether he has investigated if this particular contractor is operating the Fair Wages Clause?