§ Mr. AYLES
asked the Minister of Health what is the minimum wage paid to the labourers in the electrical department of the Poplar Borough Council; what is the wage cost of production per unit and what price is charged per unit; and whether those costs are above or below those usual in other boroughs in London?
§ Mr. GOSLING
I have been asked to reply. I regret that I have no information officially as to the minimum wages paid to labourers in Poplar nor are the other figures for last year yet available. It appears, however, from figures published in the technical Press, that the wage cost of production per unit sold in 1922–23 was lower in Poplar than in any other municipal or company station in London. The prices charged per unit cannot he exactly compared owing to the variety of the tariffs: hut the average price obtained by Poplar per unit was lower than that of any other undertaking (municipal or company) in London.1775W