§ 42. Mr. Hilton
asked the Minister of Labour what are the appropriate hourly rates of wages for general building craftsmen under the prices and incomes legislation.
§ Mr. Gunter
The current standard hourly rates of wages of building craftsmen, as fixed by agreements of the National Joint Council for the Building Industry, are 7s. 1d. in the London area and in Liverpool and district, and 6s. 11½d. in other areas of Great Britain. Under the terms of these agreements wage increases were due to take effect on 7th November, 1966. On 23rd September the National Joint Council for the Building Industry decided that these increases together with cost-of-living sliding scale increases falling due in March, 1967 should be deferred for six months in accordance with the Government's request for a standstill on prices and incomes.