HC Deb 18 April 1957 vol 568 cc2073-4
9. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Labour when he hopes to make a statement on the amendment of the Industrial Disputes Order.

Mr. Iain Macleod

There is nothing I can at present usefully add to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 19th March.

Dame Irene Ward

Can my hon. Friend say how long he thinks it will be before he will be able to make a statement on this very important matter?

Mr. Macleod

The British Employers' Confederation and the T.U.C. are considering what I put to them, and I expect their views probably in May or June of this year. If my hon. Friend would like me to, I will let her know as soon as I am ready to make another statement.

Mr. Ede

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the amendment of this Order excites interest over a very wide range of interests in the country?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, I know that, and I know the cases the right hon. Gentleman has in mind.

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