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Gas Workers (Territorial Camps)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that the Gas Council has not yet made any decision regarding leave and pay arrangements for employees who wish to attend Territorial Army camps; what is the cause of this lack of decision; and when an announcement can be expected.

Owing to the short time which has elapsed since vesting date, the Gas Council has not been able to unify the widely varying practices of the gas undertakings in the country before nationalisation. The matter has, therefore, been left to the area boards to settle locally, but the Gas Council have asked the boards to deal with applications sympathetically.

Is not this a very simple decision to take; could not the Gas Council co-ordinate this matter and take a decision at once?

There will be a unified policy within the areas of different gas boards this year. It is intended to formulate a national policy for next year.

We shall unify it within the areas, but it will vary between the areas this year.

Because of the varying practices followed in private enterprise prior to nationalisation.