Industrial Relations

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 28th January 1992.

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Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Secretary of State for Employment 3:31 pm, 28th January 1992

If the hon. Lady writes to me about the particular case to which she has referred, I shall certainly look into it. We have taken steps to try to ensure that the period for which some people have had to wait for redundancy payments is kept to the absolute minimum.

As for the prospect of those workers finding other employment, I hope that the hon. Lady will reflect that one of the best ways in which we can encourage the creation of more jobs is to create a strike-free environment. Our reforms have contributed greatly to the achievement of that objective. The legislation introduced by the party that the hon. Lady supports had precisely the opposite effect.