HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1689-90W
Mr. Mainwaring

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in the development of new trading estates in Wales, he will arrange for general welfare schemes, inclusive of all factories and workshops, in place of the present partial and private schemes by some firms.

Mr. Isaacs

Factory firms are required by law to provide various health and welfare facilities and services on their individual premises, and I do not think it would be right to relieve them of those obligations. At the same time I recognise that the establishment on trading estates of canteens or restaurants, medical centres, and various other facilities or services of value in promoting the health and welfare of people employed or. the estate, whether in factory or other Work, is a thing to be encouraged; and Estate Companies acting as agents of the Board of Trade in the Development Areas will certainly take this into account in the planning of the Government financed Trading Estates.