§ 1. Mr. W. Yates
asked the Minister of Labour how many unofficial strikes were reported to his Department between 1951 and 1960 inclusive.
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. John Hare)
There are difficulties of definition and classification involved and I regret that information for the years before 1960 is not available. I can, however, say that in 1960 there were 2,832 strikes reported to my Department, 68 of which were definitely stated to be official.
§ Mr. Hare
If the hon. Gentleman is asking what is the policy towards unofficial strikes, I will tell him that the trade unions, the employers and the Government have condemned unofficial strikes as being damaging to those who take part in them, damaging to others who do not take part in them and damaging to the interests of the country as a whole.