HC Deb 17 June 1941 vol 372 c484
67. Major Lloyd

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he is aware of the un satisfactory working of the new scheme for the payment of dock labour on Clyde- side; that not only does this scheme substantially raise costs, but that it is being exploited by certain elements to the detriment of efficiency and speed in the turning round of ships; and whether he is prepared, in view of the unsatisfactory situation, to take steps to improve the present position"?

Colonel Llewellin

The new labour scheme on Clyde side, which completely alters the former practices in the dock industry, has been in operation for barely two months. I am aware that certain initial difficulties have arisen, but most are, I think, capable of a satisfactory local solution. I have asked the Regional Port Director to meet the parties principally concerned and report to me any action he recommends.

Mr. Rhys Davies

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman also take note of the situation at the Manchester docks, where there has been trouble?

Colonel Llewellin

Yes, Sir; certainly, I will. I visited both places during the Whitsun Recess, and went very fully into the question.