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White City (Labour Conditions)

Volume 155: debated on Monday 19 June 1922

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether any sum has been granted by the Government for the purpose of restoring the White City, and, if so, will he state the amount; whether he is aware that this money is being used under conditions which violate the Fair Wages Clause of the House of Commons; that employment on the work of restoration is confined to members of the British Legion; that men taken on have to sign a form agreeing to the rates of wages paid; that carpenters are doing painters' work, plasterers doing labourers' work, etc.; that the only workmen receiving the proper rates are those engaged on scaffolding, which has been let out to contract; and whether any action can be taken to secure compliance with the Fair Wages Clause?

I have been asked to answer this question. The War Compensation Court awarded to the owners of the White City, in respect of its occupation by the Crown, sums amounting to £358,588 11 s. 6d., exclusive of £3,000 for costs. These amounts have been paid to the owners as directed by the Court. I have no knowledge of the circumstances referred to in the last part of the question.