HC Deb 21 January 1947 vol 432 cc29-30
48. Mr. McAdam

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider the setting up of a Select Committee to examine existing negotiating machinery, with a view to seeing how the working of such machinery can be speeded up.

49. Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the appointment of a Royal Commission to investigate trade union structure and operations in this country, with a view to making recommendations that will remove any defects in the industrial negotiating machinery which may be revealed thereby.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. While it is, and should remain, the primary responsibility of both sides of industry to ensure that the nature of their organisation and the operation of any joint voluntary machinery to which they may be parties, are such as to ensure the prompt and effective consideration and settlement of problems as they arise, the adequacy of the existing arrangements for the determination of claims relating to conditions of employment, and the settlement of disputes, is being examined by the Government.

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