Oral Answers to Questions — Railways (Wages Claim)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Bristol West 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any statement to make about the decision of the National Union of Railwaymen to put into force a "Go Slow" campaign on the railways at midnight on Sunday next.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I am in touch with the parties but I regret I am not in a position to make a statement today.

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Bristol West

Obviously no one in this House would desire to press the right hon. Gentleman for a statement before he is ready to make one, but I am sure he will recognise the great anxiety, not only of hon. Members of this House, but of the public as a whole, that he should keep the House and the public in touch with developments by making a statement as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

Yes. I can definitely give that undertaking. Of course we are all concerned, everyone is concerned, about this decision, but I am in touch with the parties about what is going on and, if the right hon. Gentleman puts down a Question tomorrow, I will try to give him definite information.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

May I ask the Minister if on this occasion he will refrain from trying to associate the Communists with anything that has happened and realise that the demand for 10s. a week is a legitimate demand and that if it is granted everything will go on nicely and smoothly?