HC Deb 07 November 1960 vol 629 c621
1. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Minister of Labour if he will take steps to initiate discussions between employers and trade unions with a view to overcoming restrictive practices in the printing industry.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. John Hare)

The printing industry already has machinery for discussing these matters. During the last year, I am informed that a number of discussions have taken place.

Dr. Johnson

Will the right hon. Gentleman help to expedite the discussions, as, quite apart from the question of the effect of restrictive practices on the national Press, an increasing number of book publishers are being compelled to gel printing done abroad because of competitive prices and the general competitive state of the book trade?

Mr. Hare

On the other hand, my hon. Friend will, I think, agree that on the whole labour restrictive practices can best be tackled by both sides of industry acting jointly.