HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc883-4
45. Major Braithwaite

asked the Prime Minister whether he will extend an invitation from His Majesty's Government to the leaders of American trades unions to visit this country in order that they may inspect our war effort and to effect closer working arrangement?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Attlee)

In response to an invitation received from the Council of the Office of Production Management, a mission representing both the management and the labour sides of British industry is being sent to make a tour of the defence industries in the United States. The question of extending a reciprocal invitation to United States industry is being actively considered by His Majesty's Government in consultation with the United States Government.

Mr. Rhys Davies

When the Government are considering inviting trade union leaders from America, will they bear in mind that there are two sections of trade unionism in that country?

Mr. Attlee

Yes, Sir.