HC Deb 19 July 1950 vol 477 cc2260-1
46. Mr. G. Cooper

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the restriction in certain of the nationalised industries of he activities of legitimate trade unions, he will consider the appointment of a trade union representative to the boards of all such organisations to ensure the legitimate interest of the workers who are members of trades unions employed by such undertakings being looked after.

The Prime Minister

I am not aware of any restrictions such as are mentioned by my hon. Friend.

Mr. Cooper

How does my right hon. Friend account for the fact that during the last five years, when the Labour Government have been responsible, legitimate trade union interests in the B.B.C. have been continuously thwarted by the Board of Governors and the Director-General? Would my right hon. Friend consider appointing one or more strong trade union representatives to the Board of Governors, so that the interests of the workers can be looked after in this nationalised undertaking?

The Prime Minister

If my hon. Friend has a question to put with regard to the B.B.C., he should put it to my right hon. Friend the Postmaster-General.

Mr. H. A. Price

In view of the answer which the Prime Minister has given, is he prepared to assure the House that employees of nationalised industries are enjoying, and will continue to enjoy, the same freedom in trade union matters as they enjoyed before nationalisation?