London Docks (Canadian Boats)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Philip Piratin Mr Philip Piratin , Stepney Mile End 12:00 am, 12th July 1949

asked the Minister of Labour how long have the Canadian boats, s.s. "Beaverbrae" and s.s. "Agramont" been in the London Port; and whether the Port of London Docks Board operated the full terms of the docks labour scheme from the time of the arrival of these two boats.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

The "Beaverbrae" has been in the London Docks since 4th April last and the "Agramont" since 10th May. In reply to the second part of the Question I would refer the hon. Member to the statement which I made in reply to a Private Notice Question by the right hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Mr. Eden) on 1st July.

Photo of Mr Philip Piratin Mr Philip Piratin , Stepney Mile End

In view of the length of time that these boats have been in the London Port and the fact that at no time prior to two or three weeks ago did the Port authorities insist that these boats should be unloaded by the dockers, could the right hon. Gentleman explain why the Port authorities took this provocative action, which led to the present dispute?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I have nothing to add to the reply which was previously given, and to which I have referred.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Is it not the case that there is a strike on these two boats carried on by a bona fide Canadian trade union—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."]—and that an American union is trying to destroy the Canadian union so that the Americans can get control of the Canadian seaboard?

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

We can debate this tomorrow and not now.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

I shall have something to say tomorrow.