Oral Answers to Questions — Factories (Joint Consultative Machinery).

– in the House of Commons on 17th July 1941.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Minister of Labour what is the nature of the obstacles being placed in the way of the development in factories of joint consultative machinery; and what steps he is taking to overcome them and with what success?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am not aware that obstacles are being placed as the hon. Member suggests. On the contrary, I welcome the evidence which is now reaching me of the increasing desire both of employers and trade unions that joint consultation between both parties in in- dustry should be developed to a much more effective extent. In regard to the last part of the hon. Member's Question, I would refer him to the answer I gave to him on 26th June

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Does my right hon. Friend recollect saying a fortnight ago that it was impossible to make progress where there was lack of good will, and will he indicate where that lack of good will exists —whether it is on the side of the employers or the employees?