HC Deb 10 November 1955 vol 545 c1990
23. Captain Pilkington

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can now give an estimate of the injury done to the country by the dock strike.

Sir E. Boyle

I cannot put this into figures. The setback to our trade came at an unfortunate time, though great efforts have been made to reduce the damage to a minimum.

Captain Pilkington

Would it not be a good thing if somebody were to estimate the damage which such a strike does, so that we can take necessary action?

Sir E. Boyle

These are difficult things to estimate precisely, but we should remember, amongst other things, that ours is not the only country where there have been strikes.

Mr. Woodburn

Can the hon. Gentleman offer any more reliable statistics as to how far the manipulations of the money changers in this and other countries have affected the value of the £?

Sir E. Boyle

That is an absolutely different point, and quite irrelevant to this Question.