HC Deb 29 November 1949 vol 470 cc935-6
31. Mr. Daines

asked the Minister of Labour what evidence has been submitted to him of restrictive practices in the printing industry; and what action is being taken by his Department.

Mr. Isaacs

No such practices have been brought to my notice. The second part of the Question does not therefore arise.

Mr. Daines

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in its issue of 23rd September the "Daily Mirror" drew attention to a pamphlet circulated by the political com- mittee of the Constitutional Club members, M.P.s and prospective Conservative candidates, which alleges—and here I quote—that For many years the N.A.T.S.O.P.A. union has restricted the rate of printing to a basic figure unless extra men are employed. May I take it that there is no basis in fact for this serious allegation?

Mr. Isaacs

I can give my hon. Friend an assurance, from my personal knowledge, that that story is absolutely untrue. It is, in fact, just a Tory story.

Mr. Henry Strauss

Are we to assume from the Minister's having consented to answer the last question that he takes responsibility for the "Daily Mirror"?

Mr. Isaacs

No, but I should have thought that when an organisation published and took responsibility for an unjust allegation against honest and decent working men, they would have been decent enough to apologise.

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