War Situation.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Edinburgh East

If the hon. Gentleman is attempting to cast aspersions on a section of His Majesty's subjects I think that is a very unfortunate interruption. If that is not his intention, I see no point in it.

I come to the question of production and the employment of labour. Here again I am not concerned to deny the many good things that are happening at the present time. I know that there are large manufactories and large firms where excellent relations are maintained between employers and workers and where the work is being done by all concerned with a patriotic drive that has nothing but the good of the country at heart. I also know that that is very far from the case in quite a number of factories and workshops throughout the length and breadth of England and Scotland, as to the latter of which I am particularly informed.