HC Deb 28 January 1960 vol 616 cc360-1
44. Mr. Ede

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what stage has been reached in his consultations with the Trades Union Congress, and other interested organisations, about the form of legislation necessary to implement the undertaking in Command Paper No. 8286, July, 1951, that legislation would be promoted as a necessary preliminary to the ratification of the International Labour Organisation Convention, No. 96; and when it is anticipated that such legislation will be submitted to Parliament.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The comments of all the interested organisations have been received, but I am unable at present to say when legislation will be introduced.

Mr. Ede

This matter has been delayed for a long time. Is the right hon. Gentleman giving it urgent attention with a view to introducing legislation to enable us to play our proper part in this international movement?

Mr. Butler

The only limitation on my Answer today is that I cannot offer legislation in this Session, but we have in mind the need for legislation in due course.