HC Deb 13 August 1919 vol 119 cc1335-7W

asked the Minister of Labour whether the National Federation

ing the operation of the above awards to the whole of the trades concerned?


The following are the cases where awards have been issued by the Interim Court of Arbitration, constituted under the Wages (Temporary Regulation) Acts, giving advances of wages to women and girls of 5s. and 2s. 6d. per week respectively:

of Laundry Associations, representing the employers, and the National Federation of Women Workers, representing the workers, have requested him to exercise his powers under Section 2 (3) of the Temporary Wages Regulation Act, so as to make universal the rates fixed in certain cases for the laundries by the Interim Court of Arbitration; and whether he proposes to exercise those powers?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The question of complying with the request has been carefully considered, but it has not been found possible to grant it. It is hoped that the trade board for this industry will be able to fix the rates at an early date, probably some time in September.