HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 c268
11. Mr. Cecil Wilson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider, in connection with the lighter Sheffield trades, the sending down of a technician from each of the Services, accompanied by an independent technician as chairman, to meet representatives of employers and workpeople in order to ascertain the best use which can be made of the trades concerned?

Mr. Bevin

The possibility of making greater use of the lighter Sheffield trades from war production has recently been investigated by the Area Board for the East and West Ridings. This Board includes representatives of employers and workpeople as well as of all three Supply Departments and is, therefore, able to review from time to time all relevant information both as to local facilities and as to the needs of the Supply Departments. The Chairman of the Area Board is always prepared to meet local representatives of employers and workpeople, and I do not think that it would serve any useful purpose to carry out a further special investigation under an independent technician.