asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Irish workers imported into Scotland are allowed a free-travel voucher every eight weeks, by which they may travel to the port at which they arrived in this country or to a place not further away than that port, on leave, and that if they return within five days they are also allowed the amount of the return fare; and why Irish workers have this advantage over other workers and the Armed Forces of the Crown with regard to leave and holiday facilities?
§ Mr. Tomlinson
I assume my lion. Friend is referring to the facilities granted under the Building and Civil Engineering Industries' Uniformity Agreement to workers employed on Government building and civil engineering contracts at a distance from their homes. The provisions of this agreement apply alike to all workers in these industries and no special advantage is given to Irishmen.