HC Deb 25 May 1954 vol 528 c184
11. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has approved the application of the Catering Wages Board for new wage scales for the catering industry which would reduce the basic wage and take into account estimated remuneration from tips.

Mr. Watkinson

The hon. Member no doubt refers to the wages regulation proposals published by the Licensed Residential Establishment and Licensed Restaurant Wages Board on 4th May. The Board has allowed a period of 28 days from that date during which those affected may make written representations, which the Board must consider before deciding whether to submit the proposals to my right hon. and learned Friend with or without amendment. No question of confirmation by him arises at this stage.

Mr. Robinson

Will the Parliamentary Secretary ask his right hon. and learned Friend to bear in mind, even at this late date, that a retrograde step such as this will cause widespread resentment not only among workers in the industry but among the public generally?

Mr. Watkinson

We shall have to wait until we see what submissions are made and what amendments the board makes after receiving any representations.

Mr. Remnant

Will my hon. Friend also take into account the fact that it is surely quite improper to apply industrial terms at week-end overtime rates to an industry which does its main business at week-ends?

Mr. Watkinson

I should prefer not to be led into consideration of this matter until my right hon. and learned Friend has received proposals.