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Industrial Relations and Trade Union Law

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

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Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin 12:00 am, 16th April 1957

asked the Minister of Labour, bearing in mind the importance of the stability of Great Britain's economy and export trade as they affect the prospects of full employment, if he will consider recommending the appointment of a Royal Commission to examine and report on all aspects of industrial relations and trade union law and practice, and make recommendations.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr, Robert Carr):

My right hon. Friend would not wish to exclude any solution that would help towards a better understanding in industry, but is not convinced that a Royal Commission is the best method of achieving it.

Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin

While thanking my hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask him whether he realises that there are many people in this country who will find that Answer exceedingly unsatisfactory and a great disappointment?

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

In the end, the results which we all desire depend on co-operation and agreement in industry. The Government cannot compel or direct, but we can guide, and we intend to take every opportunity of doing so.

Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin

On a point of order. In view of that reply, may I, with your permission, Mr. Speaker, raise the matter on the Adjournment?