§ 68. Mr. Russell Kerr
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the recent increase in the number of technicians, particularly draughtsmen, styling themselves as self-employed despite using both the equipment and the working premises of employers; whether he is aware of the attractiveness of such labour to employers anxious to avoid unionisation and their other responsibilities; and whether he will introduce legislation to end this practice.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
We are aware of this problem. The Ministry has discussed the difficulties arising from the spread of labour-only sub-contractors, particularly the self-employed kind, with representatives of employers and trade unions in the construction and engineering industries. My right hon. Friends the Minister of Labour and the Minister of220W Public Building and Works are considering an inquiry and what its scope might be. But we do not favour legislation at this stage.
§ 69. Mr. Russell Kerr
asked the Minister of Labour how many self-employed British draughtsmen and allied technicians are currently working on contract in this country for United States-based aircraft and aero-engine companies; what percentage increase this represents compared to the previous year; and how their average hourly earnings compare with those of other draughtsmen employed in this country on similar work.