Application to High Court with a View to Discontinuing or Defer Ring Industrial Action Which En Dangers Lives, Imperils National Security, etc.

Part of Orders of the Day — Trade Union and Labour Relations Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1974.

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Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , Basingstoke 12:00 am, 10th July 1974

The clause says that where it appears to the Secretary of State that 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 for up to 30 days.

There are only certain narrowly drawn circumstances in which the Secretary of State can obtain such an order. They are that the continuance of the strike would be gravely injurious to the national economy … imperil national security"—