HC Deb 13 March 1924 vol 170 cc2596-7W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that most large employers usually provide mess-room or canteen accommodation for their staffs; whether this is done in all Departments of the Civil Service; and whether it is intended to charge the cost of maintaining this accommodation to the staffs concerned contrary to the general practice of employers?


I am aware that many large employers provide such accommodation. As regards the second part of the question, the matter is governed generally by the need for such provision and the availability of accommodation. No charge is made for the accommodation or for its maintenance (within the limits of fair wear and tear), but luncheon clubs are required, in general, to bear charges for heating, lighting, etc., and I consider this arrangement to be an equitable one.

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