HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 cc229-30W
6. Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of Labour how many wages boards and wages councils have submitted proposals to him for wage increases during the last 12 months; which wages boards and councils are affected; what is the total number of employees affected by these proposals; and how many such proposals have been submitted to him since the recent budget was introduced.

Sir W. Monckton

Since 30th November, 1954, fifty-three wages boards and councils have submitted to me sixty proposals for increases in statutory minimum remuneration. I am sending the hon. Member a list of the wages boards and councils concerned. The number of employees affected is estimated at between 2 and 2½ millions. Six of the wages councils on the list have submitted proposals to me for wages increases since 26th October, 1955, but these proposals were formulated and published before that date.