Mr Edward Porter: How will that be arranged? If a qualified solicitor is appointed, even if the parents of the youth are prepared to pay the annual fee, he has the sole right to decide whether he will teach the boy or give him articles.
Mr Edward Porter: By whom? Which organisations? Name them.
Mr Edward Porter: It is not speaking for all of them.
Mr Edward Porter: Nothing of the kind.
Mr Edward Porter: They have not gone up since nationalisation.
Mr Edward Porter: rose—
Mr Edward Porter: Let them blackleg.
Mr Edward Porter: What is the total amount?
Mr Edward Porter: And at the by-elections?
Mr Edward Porter: I am giving it the credit of telling the truth, and if that was not the truth it was never refuted by any responsible member of the building industry. All members of the building industry are not being criticised. The hon. Member for Wallasey (Mr. Marples) might be called one of the decent employers, but even he did not take the trouble to deny that statement. I want to refer to the summary...
Mr Edward Porter: This is the result of my reading of the figures. That of the right hon. and gallant Gentleman may be different.
Mr Edward Porter: It would be better if the right hon. and gallant Gentleman would listen to me instead of jumping up to controvert something I did not say. I said that we were gradually getting back to the situation existing before the war. To prove that, I was about to point out that the figures for houses built and of men employed on that building work show that we are getting down to a one and a half man...
Mr Edward Porter: Hear, hear.
Mr Edward Porter: With regard to the illustration which the right hon. Gentleman has just given, surely he will agree that this gentleman was still drawing from his other jobs, although he was not there and was living in London?
Mr Edward Porter: Where?
Mr Edward Porter: Where?
Mr Edward Porter: Oh.
Mr Edward Porter: I happen to have been a Member of the Committee that dealt with the Gas Bill. I want to say that I enjoyed it. I had been under the impression that I had some slight idea, from the trade union point of view, of what are called "restrictive practices," but I had not been on the Committee many days before I was forced to the conclusion that the workers of this country had not the slightest idea...
Mr Edward Porter: I came to the conclusion that if any employer in the House in future suggested that the trade union movement of this country encouraged restrictive practices, I should have to tell him that he did not know what he was talking about if he had had no experience of this Committee on the Gas Bill. We started by being told by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Bournemouth (Mr. B. Bracken),...
Mr Edward Porter: The right hon. Gentleman told us definitely what he was going to do, along with hon. Members of his party. When one hon. Member of the Opposition had made a speech, the right hon. Gentleman would persuade another Member of his party, when it became the turn of the Tory Party to speak, to make the same argument all over again.