HC Deb 04 November 1937 vol 328 cc1095-6
11. Mr. McEntee

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the main responsibility of the workmen holding alien permits in the employ of the British Bata Shoe Company, East Tilbury, is to speed up production by overdriving the rest of the operatives; whether this was understood when the permits were granted; and, if not, what action he proposes to take?

Mr. E. Brown

The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the negative; the third part, therefore, does not arise.

Mr. McEntee

Will the Minister make inquiries with regard to this factory, because the information indicates very clearly that that is the only purpose of these men being there?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member may not, perhaps, be aware that I answered a series of questions on this matter last week, when I pointed out that the chairman of the company and the leaders of the union had established contact, and I prefer to leave it there.

Mr. McEntee

Can the Minister say how long the permits which have been issued to these men are to continue?

Mr. Brown

A question has been asked and answered on that point.

Mr. Lawson

Is the right hon. Gentleman quite sure that the two sides have actually met?

Mr. Brown

I have no further information, but they have met.

Mr. Banfield

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the chairman of the company has declared to the secretary of the union that in no circumstances will he recognise trade union rates?

Mr. Brown

I am not aware of that. I prefer to add nothing more to the answer I have given.