§ Mr. W. THORNE
(by Private Notice) asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a very serious dispute is pending in the Birmingham building trade because the employers have declined to meet local representatives or agree to arbitration; if he is aware that the matter has been in the hands of the Board of Trade for some time, and no definite action has been taken; and if he is aware that a ballot of the whole of the men has declared in favour of ceasing work and notices have already been handed in to stop work on Saturday next, 28th October; and if he intends taking any action in the matter with a view to preventing the dispute taking place?
§ Mr. PRETYMAN
The pending dispute in the Birmingham building trades, to which my hon. Friend alludes, has been referred to arbitration. The parties have been notified of the name of the arbitrators.