HC Deb 19 July 1949 vol 467 cc1144-5
27. Mr. J. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he proposes to take to speed up the negotiating machinery in industry.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Ness Edwards)

This is a matter for the two sides of industry who, I am sure, are aware of the need to avoid delay.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that about 75 per cent. of all the strikes which have taken place in the last few years have been attributed by the strike leaders and the men to the length of time taken by this negotiating machinery?

Mr. Ness Edwards

I do not accept that conclusion. The fact is that the machinery is there, and if worked properly there is no reason for delay.

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