HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 c187
14. Mr. Austin

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Messrs. Platt Bros., Barton, have recently dismissed 112 employees on the grounds of redundancy; and whether, in view of the importance of the cotton production drive, he will consult with the Minister of Supply and the President of the Board of Trade with a view to holding an inquiry at which facilities shall be made available for trade union representation.

Mr. Isaacs

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "Yes, Sir." As regards the second part, my right hon. Friends the Minister of Supply and the President of the Board of Trade are aware of the position.

Mr. Austin

Is my hon. Friend aware that this matter has a most important bearing on a very important industry? If the situation worsens, will he hold an inquiry?

Mr. Isaacs

An inquiry has been held by two of my right hon. Friends and myself into the cause of these dismissals. I think the matter was fully explained on 22nd April, in a reply given by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.

Sir Waldron Smithers

Does the Minister realise that the real reason for these dismissals is Government interference and the division of responsibility between two or three different Ministries?