HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 cc1101-2
12. Mr. L. Thomas

asked the Minister of Labour what progress has been made by the British Transport Commission and the railway unions in the setting up of a railway productivity council.

Mr. Watkinson

I understand that the Commission has proposed to the three railway unions and the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions that such a body, to be known as the British Railways Productivity Council, should be established and that the unions have agreed in principle. The Commission will hold a meeting with the unions this week at which the functions and procedure of the Council will be discussed.

Mr. Thomas

Would my hon. Friend suggest to the Transport Commission and the railway unions involved in this suggestion that they might bring in members from outside bodies, such as the Federation of British Industries and the National Chamber of Trade and other members of the Trades Union Congress?

Mr. Watkinson

I am obliged to my hon. Friend for his suggestion. I certainly think, for example, that perhaps the British Productivity Council could help in this task. I am sure the British Transport Commission will seek help where-ever it can get it.