HC Deb 16 April 1957 vol 568 cc1741-2
39. Mr. W. Yates

asked the Minister of Labour, bearing in mind the importance of the stability of Great Britain's economy and export trade as they affect the prospects of full employment, if he will consider recommending the appointment of a Royal Commission to examine and report on all aspects of industrial relations and trade union law and practice, and make recommendations.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr, Robert Carr)

My right hon. Friend would not wish to exclude any solution that would help towards a better understanding in industry, but is not convinced that a Royal Commission is the best method of achieving it.

Mr. Yates

While thanking my hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask him whether he realises that there are many people in this country who will find that Answer exceedingly unsatisfactory and a great disappointment?

Mr. Carr

In the end, the results which we all desire depend on co-operation and agreement in industry. The Government cannot compel or direct, but we can guide, and we intend to take every opportunity of doing so.

Mr. W. Yates

On a point of order. In view of that reply, may I, with your permission, Mr. Speaker, raise the matter on the Adjournment?

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