§ 48. Mr. Mander
asked the Minister of Production the present position with regard to joint production committees; whether they have been set up generally throughout industry; to what extent delay and obstruction is being experienced; and whether he will issue a general report on the results achieved?
§ Mr. Lyttelton
Of firms in the engineering and allied industries, 3,350 are, according to the latest available information, known to have set up joint production committees. This is an increase of 706 in the last three months. In addition, committees are known to be in process of establishment at 170 firms. I am not aware of any serious opposition to the setting up of committees. In the nature of the case these committees are primarily concerned with the domestic affairs of individual establishments, and it would not be practicable to summarise the results achieved. It is not, therefore, my intention to issue a general report of this character, I am, however, satisfied that, generally speaking, they are performing very useful work.
§ Mr. Mander
Has my right hon. Friend seen the very interesting and detailed report recently issued by the Amalgamated Engineering Union, and could he not convey the information from reports of this kind in a general report to the House?
§ Mr. Granville
Would the Minister consider that there is still a certain amount of misunderstanding about these production committees, and would his Department consider issuing some sort of advice or pamphlet on the matter?
§ Mr. Lyttelton
We have done our best in the matter. Misunderstanding exists over a great many subjects.