Multiplex Designs Ltd., Sidcup

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Albert Booth Mr Albert Booth , Barrow-in-Furness 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

Since 10 weeks have elapsed since an official complaint of breach of the Fair Wages Resolution was notified to the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Employment, and since men have been put out of work as a result of this firm's activities, will the hon. Gentleman give an undertaking that no more orders will be placed with the firm until the complaint has been properly investigated? Should not this matter have been referred to the Industrial Arbitration Board? Since this has not happened, the Minister surely cannot say that he has taken all the proper steps which should have been taken in such a serious breach as this. How can the hon. Gentleman say that a breach has not been established when the firm is paying less than the minimum established two years ago for doing the job?