Since the withdrawal of the Wholesale Clothing Manufacturers' Federation and the British Mantle Manufacturers' Association from the Joint Clothing Council, my right hon. Friend has discussed the situation with the two seceding bodies, the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, the Trades Union Congress and the Joint Clothing Council. The seceding bodies have stated that their decision is irrevocable. The others consider that the Joint Clothing Council should continue despite the secession, and the Council has asked for legislation to provide finance for its work. My right hon. Friend has informed the Joint Clothing Council that he is not prepared in all the circumstances to introduce legislation, and the Council has indicated that it may put forward further proposals when it has re-examined its position.