HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 cc299-300W
105. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what was the nature of the claim by lift men, etc., employed in the Palace of Westminster, and Buckingham Palace, the failure to settle which has resulted in an unofficial strike; and on what date the claim was put in.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The claim is in origin a Ministry of Works departmental pay claim. Though raised by certain unions at an earlier date, it was first presented departmentally on behalf of all the unions concerned in November, 1947. Subsequently, it became merged in a general claim on behalf of all engineering grades in Government employment which was tabled in January, 1948, submitted to the Engineering Trades Joint Council and formally rejected early in March.