§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received about the poor conditions of work of staff in self-service launderettes; whether he will seek to bring such establishments within the scope of the laundry industry's wages council; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alison
A small number of cases of alleged poor treatment of launderette workers has been drawn to my attention.
My right hon. Friend is currently considering the report by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, "The Laundry Wages Council", which dealt with the pay and conditions of launderette workers and will be making decisions on the recommendations in the report as soon as possible. Representations about the report and its recommendations and about the position of launderette workers will be taken into account in reaching decisions.