1. A discussion as to the establishment oi a fair wages board or boards has taken place with the representatives of the labour organizations. The discussion also had reference to the application of the Industrial Disputes Act in such cases.
2. The subject has been discussed with the chairman of the Imperial Munitions Board.
3. Confidential communications on the subject have taken place, and the Government has made its views known to the Imperial authorities in the following terms:
A fair wages clause is inserted by the Government of Canada for all contracts for supplies and munitions of war which are ordered by the Canadian Government for the Canadian Military forces. There is therefore no reason whatever from the standpoint of the Canadian Government why the contracts placed by the British Government in Canada should not contain a fair wages clause. In adopting that course the British Government would be directly in line with the course which has been pursued by the Canadian Government in its own contracts. The representatives of the Labour Organizations have been informed that the Government of Canada has no control whatever over the form or nature of such contracts, but that their suggestions would be recommended to the consideration of the British Government.
4. Yes. Except in a few cases in the early weeks of the war, when telegraphic orders were given and no formal contracts were drawn up.