§ 57. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the National Organisation of the Insurance Clerical Staffs has approached the insurance companies requesting that a committee of inquiry be set up to consider the question of a Whitley Council for the insurance industry; can he state the present position of the negotiations; and if he will use his good offices to assist in a Whitley Council being set up for the insurance industry?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
I assume that the hon. and gallant Member refers to the Guild of Insurance Officials. I am aware of the approach made by the guild to the companies, but I understand that this organisation is not fully representative of the employés of the companies. As the hon. and gallant Member is aware. Joint Industrial Councils can only be established by the voluntary agreement of organisations representing the majority of employers and employed, and I do not think that at present there is any useful action that, I can take.