HC Deb 05 February 1942 vol 377 cc1249-50
4. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Labour, in how many factories production inquiry committees have already been set up?

Mr. Bevin

I regret I have no statistics available as to the number of production inquiry committees which have been set up. As I have previously informed the House, the establishment of committees for the purpose of joint consultation between management and workers is a matter of voluntary arrangement between the parties, and I am glad to know—although I do not receive actual figures—that the number of such voluntary arrangements is steadily increasing.

Mr. Lipson

Will my right hon. Friend obtain reports from time to time about how these committees are functioning and to what extent production is affected by them?

Mr. Bevin

I must have notice of that question.