Arbitration Tribunals

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th January 1954.

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Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark 12:00 am, 19th January 1954

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the policy of his Department as regards the issue of instructions or guidance to the various arbitration tribunals regarding the level of wage increases which they should award.

Photo of Sir Walter Monckton Sir Walter Monckton , Bristol West

Yes, Sir. The policy of my Department, and, indeed, of Her Majesty's Government, has been and remains not to issue instructions or guidance of any sort to these bodies. On the contrary, the Government have scrupulously respected their independence.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark

I am sure that the House and the community will be very pleased to have that information. May I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman if he is aware that the slightest hint of a suspicion among the workers that arbitration is being tampered with will kill it? I hope that his answer will satisfy them.

Photo of Sir Walter Monckton Sir Walter Monckton , Bristol West

There will be no tampering with arbitration as long as I hold my office.