HC Deb 11 July 1962 vol 662 cc1331-2
14. Mr. K. Lewis

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now name a day authorising the payment of wages by cheque; and if he will make a statement on the negotiations between his Department and the banks and the Trades Union Congress.

Mr. Hare

I am unable yet to fix an appointed day because I am still awaiting the comments of some of the many interested organisations whose views I have invited. However, I have been promised the outstanding replies within the next few weeks.

Mr. Lewis

Will my right hon. Friend write to the interests concerned pointing out that it has taken a very long time to reach finality on this matter and that the advantages to the country are such that they really ought to agree among themselves to enable him to make a decision as soon as possible?

Mr. Hare

I have already taken the advice of my hon. Friend and made clear my own views about the length of the delay.

Mr. Prentice

Has the right hon. Gentleman received the views of the National Union of Bank Employees? Will he bear in mind that my hon. Friends and I think that he ought to consult direct with the union, partly because its members will have to operate the proposal when it comes into effect and partly because it would be a good chance for him to set an example to the bank in having consultations with a bona fidetrade union?

Mr. Hare

The hon. Gentleman has skilfully introduced a red herring, but I have taken notice of what he has said.