HC Deb 15 March 1917 vol 91 cc1307-8W

asked the Minister of Labour whether several trade boards have lately varied the minimum rates of wages which were fixed for their trades prior to or in the early stages of the War; whether the variations made are commensurate with the increase in the cost of living as shown by the index numbers in the "Board of Trade Labour Gazette"; and, if not, whether he will ask the several boards to state on what basis the variations were decided on?


Several trade boards have recently raised the minimum rates of wages for their trades or given notice that they propose to raise the minimum rates. My right hon. Friend is receiving a deputation on the subject to-morrow from representatives of the workers, and the Noble Lord will understand that I am unable to make any statement until he has considered the arguments brought before him.