§ 14. Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle
asked the Minister of Labour whether it is proposed to take any action towards ratifying the convention adopted by the International Labour Office applying the principle of a 40-hour week to the textile industry; and what textile industry there is in the countries whose delegates supported the proposal?
§ Mr. E. Brown
In accordance with the obligation placed upon members of the International Labour Organisation under Article 405 of the Treaty of Versailles, the Government will consider the question of the action to be taken in respect of the Draft Convention, and the usual procedure will be followed of laying before Parliament a White Paper stating the action which it is proposed to take. With regard to the second part of the question, I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement of the final vote on the Draft Convention in which a list of the countries whose delegates supported the proposal is given. Having regard to the number of industries covered by the Draft Convention, I am afraid that it is difficult within the limits of this answer to include a statement of the extent of textile manufacture in these countries.
§ Mr. Paling
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the employers' representatives voted against this Convention because they were afraid of competition from low-paid countries?
§ Mr. Paling
Did not the British Government give it as one of their reasons that they were afraid of competition from the low-paid countries?
§ Mr. H. G. Williams
Has the right hon. Gentleman's attention been drawn to the fact that the European country which has introduced the 40-hour week is in a mess?
§ Following is the list:
|FINAL VOTE ON TEXTILE DRAFT CONVENTION.|
|Dominican Republic.||United States.|
|Afghanistan.||Irish Free State.|