§ Major Symonds
asked the Minister of Labour the latest available figures showing the approximate numbers and the employments of those persons whose wage and salary rates vary according to changes in the cost of living index.
§ Mr. Isaacs
The approximate number of workers whose wages or salaries are subject to adjustment in accordance with movements in the official cost-of-living index figure, under the provisions of collective agreements between organisations of employers and workpeople, or by Orders under the Wages Councils Act, is nearly 2,500,000. The principal industries covered by these agreements are coalmining, building, civil engineering construction, pig-iron and iron and steel manufacture, cotton, wool, hosiery, textile bleaching, dyeing and finishing, boot and shoe manufacture, furniture manufacture, pottery, tobacco manufacture and electrical contracting.