HC Deb 09 July 1941 vol 373 cc186-7W
Mr. E. Smith

asked the Minister of Labour how many cases have been brought to his attention where, in negotiations between representatives of employers and trade unions, the employers refused to make allowance for the effect of the Purchase Tax when considering the need for increased wages owing to the increased cost of living; and what is the view of the Ministry in the matter?

Mr. Tomlinson

The information desired by my hon. Friend is not in my possession and could only be supplied by the organisations concerned. Many fac- tors enter into wage negotiations and it would not be proper for this Ministry to express any general views on any one of them independently of the particular circumstances.