Post Office (Dispute)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth 12:00 am, 13th July 1964

The right hon. Gentleman, I think, rather misunderstands the position. The situation is quite clear. The Armitage Committee was desired by the Union of Post Office Workers itself. Both parties agreed in advance to accept the conclusions of that Committee and the Armitage Committee said, very properly, towards the end of its Report, that it hoped that the two parties would now get together and, in effect, discuss the matter or negotiate in the light of the Committee's Report. One can only sensibly and rationally do that if, in the first place, we try to ascertain the facts and figures of outside comparisons. That is what the Government have suggested.