§ 26. Mr. KIRKWOOD
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will take steps to have a Government inquiry into the condition of the shipbuilding and engineering industry on the lines of the recent cotton inquiry?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
No, Sir. My hon. Friend has no doubt seen the letter addressed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour to the Engineering Joint Trades Wages Movement which expresses the views of His Majesty's Government on the subject.
§ Mr. GRAHAM
Not as far as I know at the moment, but the fact remains that the two—sides al all events the employers—were willing to engage in a very full investigation within the industry. That, I understand, is the proposition which is still before die unions.
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Is it not the case that the Minister of Labour suggested to the representatives of the operatives that they ought to accept the suggestion that was made by the employers as to examining conditions on the Continent?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
No, Sir, my recollection of the letter to which my original reply referred was that it stressed the importance of the inquiry proceeding within the industry itself, and I have no doubt that both Continental and home conditions will be taken into account.