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Government Receptions (Fair Wages Clause)

Volume 439: debated on Monday 30 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Works why it has not been considered necessary or appropriate to apply the general conditions of Government contracts, fair wage and condition clause to the services which are provided by hotels and restaurants in connection with Government receptions, etc.; and if he will take steps to include this clause in all future contracts.

The arrangements are usually made at very short notice and by telephone, and no formal contract is entered into. Also the services rendered are not comparable with those of a contractor engaged in work for a contracting Department. I will, however, consider further whether the Fair Wage Clause could be applied.