HC Deb 30 April 1970 vol 800 cc1427-8
2. Mr. Raphael Tuck

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity how many references are now before the Commission for Industrial Relations.

Mrs. Castle

Reports have been issued on eight cases referred, and 13 references are currently before the Commission.

Mr. Tuck

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that encouraging degree of activity. Is she confident that the Commission for Industrial Relations will he able to play an even more important rôle in sorting out difficulties over recognition disputes and collective bargaining agreements once it has been placed on a statutory basis?

Mrs. Castle

I am glad to be able to tell the House that the commission is working at full capacity. I entirely agree with my hon. Friend that it has been doing invaluable work in recognition cases but in some cases employers have refused to abide by and act on the recommendations of the commission. My new Bill will give powers to enforce those recommendations.