HC Deb 15 October 1942 vol 383 cc1773-4W
Captain P. Macdonald

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the great majority of those concerned with the operation of the catering industry are fully occupied at the present time in providing lodging, meals and recreation for war workers; that neither they nor their organisations can spare the time to deal effectively with the proposals which he is making to introduce legislation which will impose a complicated system of statutory control on their industry for all time; and whether, in these circumstances, he will refer the whole question to the Paymaster General for consideration in connection with postwar development?

Mr. Bevin

I am aware that an important section of the catering trades is engaged in serving war workers at the present time; but it is not my impression that representative organisations in the trades are not finding time to consider the proposals. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the negative.