HC Deb 25 February 1948 vol 447 cc1922-3
8. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation why the Aeronautical Engineers' Association is not recognised by B.O.A.C., B.E.A. and B.S.A.A. as a negotiating body.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Mr. Lindgren)

This is a matter of management. The established machinery for negotiation between employers and employees in the civil aviation industry is the National Joint Council for Civil Air Transport.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Surely the Minister must have something to do with this? Considering that the majority of the engineers in the three corporations belong to this association, surely there is a case for telling the corporations that they should negotiate through that body?

Mr. Lindgren

So far as the latter part of the supplementary question is concerned, that is not the information I have. So far as the first part is concerned, the Minister's responsibility is to see that there is adequate machinery for negotiation. That machinery has been agreed between both sides of the industry—the employers and the trade unions—and there the Minister's responsibility finishes.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

If it is proved to the Minister that machinery has not been established, as seems to be the case now, is it not then his duty to have another look at the matter?

Mr. Lindgren

No, Sir. That machinery has been established.