HC Deb 15 June 1920 vol 130 cc1099-100W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the rates of pay and conditions of work at the Imperial Institute are: Labour staff, £1 19s. ld., including war bonus of 8s., for a 56½-hour working week; assistants to technical superintendents, £2 1s. 3d., including a war bonus of 8s. 3d., for a 37½-hour working week; carpenters, £2 17s. 8d. for a 48-hour working week; carpenters' labourers, £2 3s. 7d for a 51-hour working week; whether all requests from those men to the Treasury have been declined on the ground that the Imperial Institute is under control of the Colonial Office; that similar requests to the Colonial Office are declined on the ground that the Imperial Institute is under the control of the Treasury; and whether, in view of the irritation such replies are causing among the workers who are asking for the increases, he can state which Department the Institute is under, and if the Treasury is prepared to give consideration to the application from those low-paid workers?

Colonel L. WILSON

The Imperial Institute is administered under the direction of the Secretary of State for the Colonies by the Executive Council of the Institute. An application has been made to the Executive Council for an increase in the pay of the labour staff, and the question is under consideration. No such replies as the hon. Member suggests have been returned to any applications.