36. Major HOPE
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in consequence of the continuance of the trade dispute at Leith docks, which has entailed a stoppage oz work throughout practically 2038 the whole mining industry of the Lothians, he can see his way to promote conciliation or arbitration in accordance with Section 2 of the Conciliation Act, 1896?
I am not at present in a position to, nor could I usefully, add anything to the answer given in the House by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, on Monday last, which was to the effect that no statement could be made at present as to a settlement of the dispute, but that the representatives of the Board of Trade are making a very careful inquiry and we shall be glad to use our good offices at the earliest moment at which they can be of any use.