§ Mr. DUCKWORTH
asked the Undersecretary of State for India whether he will state the nature of the suggestion or the demand put forward by the Bombay Mill Owners' Association for a reduction of wages; whether he is aware that this would reduce the earnings of an average mill worker below the standard of a decent living wage; and what action, if any, the Government of India is taking in the matter?
§ Earl WINTERTON
I understand that, in consequence of the severe depression through which the industry is now passing, the millowners have felt compelled to issue a notice that, if trade does not improve, they may be forced to reduce wages or to work short time. As regards the second and third parts of the question, the condition of the industry is receiving the close attention of the Government of India and has recently been discussed with the Millowners' Association. In the circumstances my Noble Friend prefers not to express any opinion on the situation at present.