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Catering Wages Act (Orders)

Volume 464: debated on Monday 2 May 1949

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Mr. Speaker, may I ask you a question of which I have given you private notice? Would you give a Ruling as to whether it is in Order to debate orders made under the Catering Wages Act affecting certain types of catering and residential businesses while draft orders or proposals affecting other types of such businesses are being considered by a wages board and have not yet been submitted to or endorsed by the Minister of Labour?

It is difficult for me to give a definite Ruling on what seemed to me as I read it a somewhat indefinite question, but I can promise the hon. Member that nothing will stop a Debate on these matters. As far as I am concerned, every case must be considered on its merits as to what orders there are or not under discussion at the time. If the hon. Member chooses on some Adjournment to try to raise it, I can assure him that the matter will be judged by the Chair on its merits. I cannot go further than that.

While thanking you for that general Ruling, may I ask whether I can take it that there would be no objection at some early date on an Adjournment to my raising the question which I tried to raise on the Easter Adjournment but which was objected to by the Minister of Labour as being out of Order?

I ruled it out of Order because I was in very considerable doubt as to whether it was sub judice or not, but I have decided that the matter can be raised on an early date.