HC Deb 30 March 1950 vol 473 cc535-6
6. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Minister of Labour if he will institute an inquiry into the causes of the high proportion of industrial disputes in the nationalised industries.

Mr. Isaacs

No, Sir.

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?

Mr. Speaker

The Minister cannot answer for the Opposition.