§ 19. Mr. Sloan
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that William Ross, who was a Parliamentary candidate in the recent by-election at Kettering, has been dismissed by his employers, Messrs. Stewarts and Lloyds; that this dismissal has created serious discontent amongst the workers at Corby; and whether it is his intention to intervene with a view to having Mr. Ross reinstated?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I understand that the matter to which the hon. Member refers has been discussed in accordance with the constitutional arrangements in the industry. In the circumstances I do not think there is any action I can usefully take.
§ Mr. Sloan
Is the Minister aware that the offence complained of here is merely technical and is not uncommon in all large industries; and as this man was a candidate for Parliament during his absence from work, is the Minister prepared to take steps to prove that there is no political victimisation by an endeavour to deprive this man of his employment?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is the Minister not aware that this man wrote to the firm immediately he was nominated, and explained the reason for his absence?