Transport, London (Dislocation)

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd February 1962.

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Photo of Mr John Mendelson Mr John Mendelson , Penistone 12:00 am, 2nd February 1962

Whatever the Minister may think about past responsibilities, does he not regard it as his duty in this delicate negotiating situation to do something encouraging to help negotiations along? Does he not regard it further as his duty to say plainly to the House and to the country that he will allow free negotiations to proceed in the traditional manner with the hope of succeeding? Finally, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that those of us who represent railwaymen have been told in the last few days that his refusal to do so is the main reason for the crisis of confidence that exists in the industry?