HC Deb 17 July 1941 vol 373 cc709-10
4. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Labour what is the nature of the obstacles being placed in the way of the development in factories of joint consultative machinery; and what steps he is taking to overcome them and with what success?

Mr. Bevin

I am not aware that obstacles are being placed as the hon. Member suggests. On the contrary, I welcome the evidence which is now reaching me of the increasing desire both of employers and trade unions that joint consultation between both parties in in- dustry should be developed to a much more effective extent. In regard to the last part of the hon. Member's Question, I would refer him to the answer I gave to him on 26th June

Mr. Mander

Does my right hon. Friend recollect saying a fortnight ago that it was impossible to make progress where there was lack of good will, and will he indicate where that lack of good will exists —whether it is on the side of the employers or the employees?

Mr. Bevin

In certain cases, both.