§ 1. Mr. Peter Morrison
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from trade unions on his cuts in defence expenditure.
§ The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Roy Mason)
I have received many letters from trade union representatives about defence cuts. Several delegations have also been seen by myself and other Ministers in my Department. The representations have been mainly concerned with employment prospects in the defence industries and the closure or relocation of defence establishments.
§ Mr. Morrison
Has the Secretary of State explained to the trade unions and members of the Tribune Group that cuts in defence expenditure mean the loss of thousands of jobs?
§ Mr. Frank Allaun
Is it not a fact that the TUC has pressed year after year for drastic cuts in arms spending? Is it not also a fact that the three unions most closely involved—the AUEW, the TGWU and ASTMS—have also consistently urged this policy?
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
Does not the question of the hon. Member for Salford, East (Mr. Allaun) and his remarks about unions show that union leaderships do not represent their members?