§ Mr. McENTEE
asked the Minister of Labour the number of revenue-producing 911W and non-revenue-producing schemes, respectively, on which the State has, since 8th September, 1931, agreed to provide a proportion of interest and sinking charges; how many schemes of each kind there have thus been sanctioned; what is their aggregate cost; how many men from the distressed districts have thus found employment; what is normally the standard rate of such men; and whether any differentiation in the case of such men is made between married and single?
— Revenue Producing Schemes. Non-Revenue Producing Schemes. Number of Men from depressed areas employed at 27th May, 1932. Number. Estimated Cost. Number. Estimated Cost. £ £ Part I … 4 477,186 — — Not available. Part II … 102 2,240,000 155 2,160,000 805* * This figure relates only to those schemes, 46 in number, in respect of which grants were approved on the understanding that depressed area men would be employed.
Nine men from depressed areas have found employment on the four schemes approved under Part I of the Act.
The rate of wages paid to men working on schemes assisted under Part II of the Development Act is governed by the following condition:Where the local authority undertakes the work by direct labour the rate of wages paid must not exceed the local authority's rate to its own workmen on similar classes of work or the recognised district rate if that is lower. Where the work is carried out by contract the contract must include the Fair Wages Clause as inserted in Government contracts.
As regards schemes approved under Part I of the Act the contract must include the Fair Wages Clause as inserted in Government contracts. So far as is known, no differentiation as regards rates of wages is made between married and single men. The men transferred from depressed areas are normally single men.