'(1) Where it appears to the Secretary of State—
- (a) that, in contemplation or furtherance of an industrial dispute, industrial action, consisting of a strike, any irregular industrial action short of a strike, or a lock-out, has begun or is likely to begin;
- (b) that the condition specified in the next following subsection is fulfilled; and
- (c) that, having regard to all the circumstances of the industrial dispute, it would be conducive to a settlement of it by negotiation, conciliation or arbitration if the industrial action were discontinued or deferred,
the Secretary of State may apply to the High Court for an order under subsection (4) below.