§ 6. Sir Herbert Williams
asked the Minister of Labour if he will institute an 536 inquiry into the causes of the high proportion of industrial disputes in the nationalised industries.
§ Sir H. Williams
Is the right hon. Gentleman willing to investigate this matter, having regard to the fact that two-thirds of the strikes taking place are in nationalised industries?
§ Mr. Isaacs
I do not think it necessary to make such an inquiry in view of the fact that the number of disputes in 1949 was considerably less than the average for the previous five years. As there is better stability in industry now, I think we should do no good service by doing as the hon. Gentleman suggests.
§ Mr. R. S. Hudson
Can the right hon. Gentleman say why if, there is this increased stability, it does not apply to the nationalised industries, but only applies under private enterprise?
§ Mr. Isaacs
If the right hon. Gentleman will look at the figures relating to the nationalised industries he will find that the situation is as I have indicated.
§ Mr. S. Silverman
Can my right hon. Friend say if the Opposition have yet made up their minds whether there are more strikes in the nationalised industries, or whether strikes are impossible in nationalised industries, as my right hon. Friend says?