HC Deb 21 February 1922 vol 150 cc1739-40W

asked the Minister of Labour whether proposals concerning rates of wages and working condi- tions, twice submitted to him by the Grocery and Provision Trade Board, have yet received his sanction; and, if not, will he state his reason for declining his sanction and thereby holding up the work of that Board?


My hon. Friend will appreciate the many difficulites arising in connection with the confirmation of the first statutory minimum rates in a large section of the distributive trades at the present moment. I have accordingly referred the rates in question back to the Grocery Boards, and have invited them to reconsider the matter after the publication of the Report of the Committee under the Chairmanship of Lord Cave, which is considering the working and effects of Trade Boards. I have communicated in the same sense with both the English and the Scottish Board.