HC Deb 24 June 1976 vol 913 cc599-600W
Mr. Neubert

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will postpone the implementation of the Wages Council Order HU(50) relating to hairdressing undertakings and, in particular, to revised provisions for apprentices and students who have completed a two-year full-time training course at an approved college, in order to allow time for further consultations.

Mr. John Grant,

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 23rd June 1976: Vol. 913, c. 536–37.], gave the following information:

My right hon. Friend has no power to postpone the implementation of wages councils' orders. Orders are made by the councils under Section 11 of the Wages Councils Act 1959, as amended by the Employment Protection Act 1975, and it is for the councils to decide the dates of operation of orders. A wages council proposing to make an order must publish its proposals and consider any written representations made by the specified date. The Hairdressing Undertakings Wages Council (Great Britain) has indicated in its proposals that the provisions set out in proposal HU(50) are intended to come into effect on 23rd June 1976. I am informed that representations have been received on the point raised and that the council is meeting on 28th June 1976 to consider them.