§ Sir M. BARLOW
I am glad to have this opportunity of making a statement on this matter. As the hon. Member is aware, I have kept in constant touch with 881 the developments in this dispute and the efforts which have been made to effect a settlement. On Thursday last, after discussion with both sides, Sir David Shackleton, on my behalf, arranged a joint conference of the employers' and workers' organisations, when the whole position was examined. At the end of the conference certain proposals were put forward for the consideration of both sides as a basis for the resumption of work. These proposals are under the consideration of the parties.