HC Deb 24 April 1969 vol 782 cc651-2
Q1. Mr. Hugh Jenkins

asked the Prime Minister whether he will place in the Library a copy of his public speech on industrial affairs at Prescot on 14th March.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Wilson)

As my hon. Friend will be aware from my replies to Questions by my hon. Friend the Member for Bedfordshire, South (Mr. Gwilym Roberts) 24th March, and the hon. Member for South Angus (Mr. Bruce-Gardyne) on 15th April, I have already done so, Sir.—[Vol. 780, c. 223; Vol. 781, c. 985–990.]

Mr. Hugh Jenkins

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am grateful that he has carried out this suggestion because on reading the full text of the speech I found that it did not quite carry the antitrade union impression made by Press reports?

Dr. Winstanley

Will the Prime Minister bear in mind that if he listened to speeches in the North-West of England instead of making them his Government's Industrial Relations Bill might bear a closer relationship to the facts of industrial life than seems likely to be the case?

The Prime Minister

I spent a great deal of time last week listening not only to speeches but to views of people in the Manchester area and other parts of the North-West. I do not think the Bill is yet available to the hon. Member because it is not yet drafted. I returned convinced that the proposals of my right hon. Friend bear full relation to what is required and to reality.