§ Mr. Churchill
(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any statement to make on the railway situation.
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)
Yes, Sir. The Report of the Court of Inquiry has been sent to the parties and discussions between the Railway Executive and the three unions are now in progress. I would ask to be excused from making any further statement at this stage.
§ Mr. McCorquodale
Would the right hon. Gentleman emphasise what I believe will be the view of the whole House, that while these negotiations are in progress nothing should be done by way of strikes or working to rule which will, on the one hand, hamper these negotiations and, on the other, injure the national interest?
§ Mr. John Hynd
Will the Minister represent to his colleagues in the Government that it is high time there was a complete review of the relationship in the nationalised industries to prevent such impossible situations arising?
§ Mr. J. Langford-Holt
Can the Minister say when he expects the position will have clarified sufficiently for him to be able to make a statement?