HC Deb 24 November 1936 vol 318 cc231-2
71. Mr. OLIVER

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to a trade dispute of hosiery workers at the Keystone Knitting Mills, Limited, Boreham Wood, Herts, where the employers are attempting to force a reduction of 40 per cent. on former rates, contrary to a national agreement; and whether, in view of this company endeavouring to destroy the basis of an agreement which is being observed by at least 80 per cent. of the employers in the industry, he will agree to meet a deputation of the unions concerned?


I received a request from the unions for a deputation for the purpose of discussing the possibility of an inquiry into the whole circumstances of the case to which the hon. Member refers, and while indicating that the inquiries already made have disclosed the main facts, I have asked the unions, if they desire to press the idea of an inquiry, to be good enough to indicate what would be the nature, scope and purpose of such an inquiry, in order that I may give the matter further consideration.


Do I understand from that reply that the Minister has consented to meet a deputation from the districts concerned?


I have asked for certain information and then I shall act accordingly, and I shall let the hon. Member know what happens.