Dock Labour Reforms

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1951.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth 12:00 am, 24th July 1951

asked the Minister of Labour if he is now in a position to make a statement on dock labour reforms throughout the country following his consultations with interested parties.

Photo of Mr Richard Acland Mr Richard Acland , Gravesend

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will make a statement as to action recently taken or pending in order to implement recommendations of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Unofficial Stoppages in the London Docks, particularly in reference to establishing good relationships between all parties and providing improved amenities for workers.

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

My consultations with the National Joint Council for the port transport industry are not yet completed.

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

Is it not a fact that one of the principal recommendations of the Leggett Committee was that the Communist elements, who are only concerned with disrupting the ports of this country, should be dismissed from the industry, and as there is agreement between the employers and the trade unions on that recommendation, why is the hon. Gentleman not prepared to act?

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

I do not think that it is the function of the Government to dismiss people from the port industry.