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Wages Councils

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the numbers of members on each of the wages councils from (a) the employers, (b) the unions, and (c) the Government; and in how many cases, the employer representatives are in the majority.

Wages councils are constituted with equal numbers of employers' and workers' representative members, together with three independent members appointed by the Secretary of State. There are no Government members. The numbers of representative members on each side of the wages councils are:—

Aerated waters (England and Wales)12
Aerated waters (Scotland)9
Boot and shoe repairing (Great Britain)12
Button manufacturing (Great Britain)7
Coffin furniture and cerement making(Great Britain)4
Cotton waste reclamation (Great Britain).5
Dressmaking and women's light clothing(England and Wales)15
Dressmaking and women's light clothing(Scotland)5
Flax and hemp (Great Britain)9
Fur (Great Britain)10
General waste reclamation (Great Britain)10
Hairdressing undertakings (Great Britain)12
Hat, cap and millinery (Great Britain)13
Lace finishing (Great Britain)4
Laundry (Great Britain)18
Line and cotton handkerchief, etc. (Great Britain)7
Made-up textiles (Great Britain)10
Ostrich and fancy feather, etc. (Great Britain)5
Perambulator and invalid carriage (Great Britain)5
Pin, hook and eye, etc. (Great Britain)5
Ready-made, etc. tailoring (Great Britain)18
Retail bespoke tailoring (Great Britain)13
Rope, twine and net (Great Britain)11
Rubber proofed garment making6
Sack and bag (Great Britain)10
Shirtmaking (Great Britain)13
Toy manufacturing (Great Britain)12
Wholesale mantle and costume (Great Britain)18
Retail bookselling and stationery trades(Great Britain)14
Retail bread and flour confectionery (England and Wales)13
Retail bread and flour confectionery (Scotland)10
Retail drapery—outfitting and footwear trades (Great Britain)20
Retail furnishing and allied trades (Great Britain)24
Retail food trades (England and Wales)24
Retail food trades (Scotland)11
Retail newsagency and confectionery (England and Wales)13
Retail newsagency and confectionery (Scotland)6
Licensed non-residential23
Licensed residential and restaurant23
Unlicensed place of refreshment17