Oral Answers to Questions — Bakery Industry (Dispute)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1965.

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Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 22nd November 1965

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour what action Her Majesty's Government propose to take regarding the dispute in the bakery industry.

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

My right hon. Friend the First Secretary of State and I will be seeing representatives of the union later today.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

We hope that the meeting goes well. Will the right hon. Gentleman and his right hon. Friend bear in mind that it is no comfort to the housewife in the queue if the Government persuade employers to hold down prices unless they also persuade the unions concerned to restrain wage demands to a level which can be met by higher productivity and to pursue their demands without penalising the public?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

I have already told the right hon. Gentleman that we shall be meeting the union very shortly, and I would prefer not to say anything more now.

Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , Oswestry

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind, and ask the First Secretary of State to bear in mind, the undesirability of trying to convert the National Board for Prices and Incomes into an abitration body, and will he and his right hon. Friend bear in mind also that, if compulsory arbitration machinery is required, it would be far better if they came to the House and asked for powers?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

I can only repeat that we shall be meeting them very shortly, and I prefer to say nothing more now.