HC Deb 15 June 1954 vol 528 c1743
63. Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of Labour if he has considered the Tenth Annual Report for 1953 of the Catering Wages Commission, appointed under the Catering Wages Act, 1943; and what action he proposes to take in connection with it.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Watkinson)

Yes, Sir. My right hon. and learned Friend is in communication with the Commission and has sought its advice as to the lines on which it could best help by a preliminary inquiry into the issues involved.

Mr. Lewis

While thanking the Parliamentary Secretary for that reply, may I ask if he will also consider approaching the hoteliers and their organisation and the trade unions concerned particularly with regard to the unlicensed residential establishment side of the industry? In 11 years there has not yet been set up an appropriate wages board, and there is need in that instance to get something done.

Mr. Watkinson

I am aware of the point the hon. Member makes, and we shall certainly consider it.