Oral Answers to Questions — Woollen Textile Industry (Dispute).

– in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1931.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

9.

asked the Minister of Labour if she can state the number of firms that are involved, either directly or indirectly, in connection with the woollen and worsted trade dispute in various parts of Yorkshire; whether she is aware that should the present wage reductions remain the rates of pay will be less than those of other workers governed by the various trade boards; and if she can state what efforts have been made by her Department to persuade the representatives of the employers and workmen to confer with a view to arriving at a settlement?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

I am unable to state the number of firms that are involved in the dispute in the woollen and worsted industry. The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the last part, I cannot usefully make any statement on the position.

Photo of Marquess of  Titchfield Marquess of Titchfield , Newark

Would not a little Protection solve this problem?