HC Deb 04 July 1923 vol 166 cc463-4W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the International Materials' Committee, representing the Master Painters' Federation of England and Scotland and the Association of Ireland, have declared in favour of the ratification of the White Lead Convention, and that the operatives in the painting trade have also declared themselves in favour of ratification; and whether, in view of the unanimity of master painters and operatives on this question, the Government will notify its intention of ratifying the Convention?


I have been in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the last part, the question of ratifying the Convention is being carefully considered in the light of all the circumstances, and the decision will be announced as soon as practicable.