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Miners (Wages)

Volume 654: debated on Monday 19 February 1962

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asked the Minister of Power the percentage increase represented by the wage award now proposed for the miners.

Only a part of the labour force is directly affected by the offer. Other claims have to be reckoned with. The combined effect of these factors may increase the wages bill of the industry by about 2½ per cent.

Will my right hon. Friend explain why the Press said that the figure would be 4 per cent., thus detracting from the value of the pay pause to the nation as a whole?

The Minister is responsible for many things, but not for what the Press says.

On a point of order. Surely, what the Press said must have emanated originally from the Minister's office.

Unless the Minister is accepting responsibility for the statement, he cannot be asked about it.