HC Deb 06 August 1912 vol 41 cc2958-9W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the names of the representatives on the Advisory Trade Committee who represent the working classes under the Labour Exchanges Act in Scotland; and whether, in view of the representations of the Trades Council of Edinburgh, he will either set up a separate Committee for the East of Scotland or meet their wishes for representation on the Advisory Committee in such a way as will restore their confidence in the representative nature of the Committee?


The Advisory Trade Committees are intended to represent large areas, and within those areas their members have been selected in consultation with the principal workmen's associations concerned to represent industries rather than particular localities. This has been explained to the Edinburgh Trades Council. The Board of Trade are not prepared to set up a separate Committee for the East of Scotland, or to alter the constitution of the present Committee, but as vacancies occur, they will bear the wishes of the Edinburgh Trades Council in mind subject to the condition laid down above, that the basis of the constitution of the Committee is industrial rather than local.

Name. Qualification. Nominated by.
Archibald Gardner General Secretary Scottish Painters' Society
Bailie Robert Brown, J.P. General Secretary Scottish Miners' Federation
George Ferguson District Delegate Amalgamated Society of Engineers
Thomas Henry Hill Technical Adviser Ship Constructive and Shipwrights' Association
William G. Sharp District Secretary United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders
John T. Howden District Delegate Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners
James M. Jack, J.P. General Secretary Associated Ironmoulders of Scotland
James Gavin General Secretary Amalgamated Society of Steel and Iron Workers of Great Britain
John Templeton General Secretary Scottish Typographical Association
Arthur Bain Secretary, Aberdeen Mill and Factory Workers' Union Newmilns and District Textile Workers' Union and Friendly Society
J. F. Sime General Secretary Dundee and District Union of Jute and Flax Workers
John G. Muir District Secretary Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants
Mrs. Annie R. Turner President of Women's Labour League Women's Trades Union League
Miss Margaret H. Irwin. General Secretary Scottish Council for Women's Trades
Councillor Hugh Lyon General Secretary Scottish Horse and Motormen's Union
Councillor G. Carson, J.P. Secretary, Trades Union Congress, Scotland, and Glasgow Trades Council Appointed direct by Board of Trade
Joseph Fraser General Secretary United Operative Masons and Granite Cutters' Union.
O'Connor Kessack District Secretary of National Union of Dock Labourers Board of Trade direct