HC Deb 21 April 1937 vol 322 c1756
66. Mr. Hardie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can make a further statement regarding the threat of the building trades in Glasgow to lock out their men because Glasgow Corporation were providing continuous employment on their housing schemes?

The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Wedderburn)

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply to his question on this subject on 13th instant to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. Hardie

Is the Under-Secretary aware that a circular was issued—and I have secured a copy—stating that the only way of proceeding was by way of a general lock-out of the whole trade? What action is he prepared to take if I supply him with this circular, which was issued by the Building Trades Federation?

Mr. Wedderburn

There is nothing in the attitude of the employers' federation, with whom we have been in constant negotiation, together with the building unions, to suggest the possibiliy of a lockout. On the contrary, I am glad to say they are both co-operating with my right hon. Friend in his endeavour to increase the number of houses.

Mr. Hardie

Does the Under-Secretary deny the issue by the Scottish National Building Trades Federation of a circular dated 12th March that o lock-out was the only way? [Interruption.] Owing to the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I propose to raise this matter at the first opportunity on the Adjournment.