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Shipping Industry (Dispute)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th May 1966.

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Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 10th May 1966

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour whether he will make a statement on the situation regarding the proposed shipping strike.

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

I have seen representatives of the Shipping Federation this afternoon and I shall be seeing the Executive of the National Union of Seamen tomorrow. In this situation I would prefer to say nothing more.

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

But will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House whether, should the strike occur, the Government have taken all practicable contingency action to safeguard essential supplies?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

My task at the moment is to try to find a solution to the problem.