§ 24. Mr. Spriggs
asked the Minister of Labour how many representations his Department has received protesting about the Government's failure to provide legislation for health, welfare and safety in shops and offices.
§ Mr. Spriggs
Is the Minister aware that there are approximately 3½ million men and women working in shops and offices? Is he further aware that I have received a protest from a trade union branch, which has organised shop and office workers, at the Government's dilatoriness in legislating for health, welfare, and sick pay in shops and offices?
§ Mr. Hare
The vast majority of the letters that have come to my Department have come from the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. As I and my right hon. Friends have mentioned in the House, we have very much regretted that there has had to be this delay in introducing this legislation but, in view of the full Parliamentary programme, it was thought wise to see that proper time was made available in the next Session.