Aircraft Industry (Contracts)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Ian Mikardo Mr Ian Mikardo , Reading 12:00 am, 2nd December 1957

Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that his right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour keeps on saying that whenever there is threatened redundancy the trade unions ought to be brought into consultation at the earliest possible moment? Is he aware that the aircraft manufacturers have been talking for a long time about joint arrangements for running down the industry, without having said anything to any trade union? Does he know that in one case a large group of technologists at one aircraft factory first learned of their redundancy through a B.B.C. news bulletin and not through their employers? Will he tell the S.B.A.C. that this idiotic behaviour, which is contrary to Government policy and commonsense, ought to cease at once?