HC Deb 25 March 1925 vol 182 cc457-8W

asked the Minister of Labour if he has considered the position of the Grocery and Provisions Trade Board (England and Wales); and what action he proposes to take in connection therewith?


This Trade Board, as my hon. Friend is doubtless aware, has been in existence for a number of years without statutory rates of wages coming into force, and I am anxious to reach a final settlement which will leave no doubt as to the future of the Board. After consultation with the representatives of employers and of workers on the Board, I find that it is still a matter of dispute and uncertainty whether conditions in the trade are such as to make the operation of statutory conditions advisable. In these circumstances, I have made arrangements to undertake at once an inquiry into the conditions actually prevailing in the trade, and will reach a decision upon the results of that inquiry.