HC Deb 01 May 1941 vol 371 cc582-3W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Minister of Labour whether provision for Sunday food exists in those Employment Exchanges where the staff have to attend for fire-watching on that day; and whether he will investigate all cases where such provision does not exist with a view to remedial action?

Mr. McEntee

asked the Minister, of Labour whether he is aware that in regard to Employment Exchanges there is a complete absence throughout the Civil Service of any provision as to Sundays in respect of food, although on that day members of the staff attend all day for fire-watching duties; and if he will take steps to remedy this?

Mr. Bevin

The payment of subsistence allowance in respect of Sunday day-time attendance is a general Civil Service question that is, I understand, under discussion on the National Whitley Council. It is not possible for the Department to provide food for fire-watching staff, but facilities for the heating of food brought from home and for making hot drinks exist in most Employment Exchanges.