HC Deb 05 July 1949 vol 466 cc1941-2
12. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the unrest among trade unionists who handle sugar distribution because of the decision of Messrs. Tate and Lyle, Limited, to use political propaganda on their packets distributed under the food rationing regulations; and what action he proposes for dealing with the situation.

Mr. Isaacs

The reply to the first part of the Question is, "No, Sir." The second part of the Question does not, therefore, arise.

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

If I bring to the Minister's notice some communications which have reached me regarding a feeling of disturbance among trade unionists will he please look into this matter? Is my right hon. Friend aware that a great many people who, like myself, have a financial interest in this firm, are very shocked by the attitude of the directors in using their privileged position, which they have obtained largely as a result of State subsidies, to put over this political propaganda?

Mr. Speaker

That is not in the original Question.

Mr. Keeling

Is the Minister aware that any unrest among trade unionists is utterly trivial compared with the unrest among the general public at the prospect of socialised sugar?

Mr. Isaacs

All I can say is that had there been any unrest amongst the trade unionists I think I should have heard of it.

Mr. Symonds

Will it not equally be open to employees of the distributing trades themselves, in turn, to stick on to these same packets labels advocating nationalisation?

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Owing to the fact that the public interest is considerably involved in regard to this Question, I give notice that I will raise this matter on the Adjournment at the first opportunity.