HC Deb 14 May 1962 vol 659 cc926-7
38. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that bank employees who leave the employment of one of the joint stock banks are precluded by agreements between the joint stock banks from obtaining employment in another bank; and whether he will introduce legislation to make this practice illegal.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. John Hare)

I am informed that no such agreements exist. I will certainly consider any evidence to the contrary which my hon. Friend can give me.

Mr. Shepherd

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is practically impossible for an individual to transfer from one bank to another, or to be reinstated in a bank which he has left voluntarily? If I produce evidence to this effect, will he talk to the banks about this highly undesirable restrictive practice?

Mr. Hare

As I have just told my hon. Friend, I shall be very pleased to consider any evidence that he can bring forward on this point.

Mr. Prentice

Is not this situation another illustration of the rather feudal position that exists in the banking world, in which the only bona fide trade union is not recognised by any of the banks? Does not this situation call for some positive action on the Minister's part, such as that suggested by his hon. Friend?

Mr. Hare

It would be wiser to get hold of the facts rather than indulge in generalisations.