§ 64. Mr. A. V. ALEXANDER
asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to a dispute between two sections of operatives, namely, heating engineers and plumbers, who are engaged on building extensions at one of the largest Glasgow hospitals; whether he is aware that the result of the dispute is causing considerable damage to the building; and whether he will take steps in the circumstances to bring the parties together with a view to an early settlement?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
The governors of the Victoria Infirmary have reported this dispute to my Department. They state that it is causing considerable damage to the buildings; delay in the treatment of urgent cases of illness; and that operatives other than the two sections affected are being delayed in carrying out their work. My Department is in communication with the trade unions concerned, with a view to arranging a meeting, and, having regard to the nature of the dispute, I am also in communication with the general council of the Trades Union Congress.