HC Deb 23 March 1971 vol 814 cc244-5
Q2. Mr. Sillars

asked the Prime Minister how many invitations he has received to address trade union annual conferences on matters for which he is responsible.

The Prime Minister

I have accepted an invitation to address the annual conference of the National and Local Government Officers Association next June.

Mr. Sillars

When the Prime Minister addresses trade union annual conferences, will he take the trouble to tell them what claim he has to have a mandate for Clauses 35 to 40 of the Industrial Relations Bill, which impose fictional agreements upon trade unions, especially as "Fair Deal at Work" denied that the Conservatives would do this?

The Prime Minister

I am looking forward to addressing the conference. It will give me the opportunity to deal with the point the hon. Gentleman has mentioned, and it will also give the conference the opportunity of seriously considering the Bill which is before Parliament.

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