HC Deb 19 January 1954 vol 522 cc821-2
32. Mr. Isaacs

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the policy of his Department as regards the issue of instructions or guidance to the various arbitration tribunals regarding the level of wage increases which they should award.

Sir W. Monckton

Yes, Sir. The policy of my Department, and, indeed, of Her Majesty's Government, has been and remains not to issue instructions or guidance of any sort to these bodies. On the contrary, the Government have scrupulously respected their independence.

Mr. Isaacs

I am sure that the House and the community will be very pleased to have that information. May I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman if he is aware that the slightest hint of a suspicion among the workers that arbitration is being tampered with will kill it? I hope that his answer will satisfy them.

Sir W. Monckton

There will be no tampering with arbitration as long as I hold my office.

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