§ 30. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now report the result of his inquiries from the Scottish Bankers Association concerning the alleged victimisation of one of its members, Mr. A. I. McPherson, by the Union Bank of Scotland, Limited, for trade union activities; and whether he will cause investigation to be made into the attitude of the Scottish banks generally towards trade unionism?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I have received this week from the Secretary of the Scottish Bankers' Association a copy of a pamphlet concerning the case to which the hon. Member refers and a copy of "The Scottish Banker," containing an article by Mr. McPherson, criticising the Union Bank. These were sent for my information, and no request was made for my intervention in the matter. As regards the second part of the question, no such investigation is contemplated.
§ Mr. Gallacher
In view of the victimisation in this case as in many other directions at the present time, will not the right hon. Gentleman take steps to make an investigation into this and put an end to this victimisation?
§ Mr. Pethick-Lawrence
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the principle of collective bargaining is for all classes of employment and has a widespread support in all sections of the House?
§ Mr. Maxton
Since this bank perform services for the right hon. Gentleman's Ministry, will he take steps to inquire and see whether, as employers, they are giving the good conditions that are expected of those firms which are performing services for the Government?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Will the right hon. Gentleman not make inquiries into the attitude of this bank towards trade unionism? If so, he will find out that it is the same vicious attitude as is employed by Imperial Airways.
§ Mr. Speaker
I do not know whether the hon. Member is aware that we have over 140 Questions on the Paper.
§ Mr. Stephen
I desire to give notice— surely I am entitled to do this—that I will raise this matter on the Adjournment.