HL Deb 30 June 1948 vol 157 cc89-90

2.34 p.m.


My Lords, in moving that an humble Address be presented to His Majesty thanking His Majesty for his most gracious Message which I read yesterday, I know I shall be voicing the thoughts of all here to-day and of the majority of our fellow citizens when I say how glad we are that better counsels have prevailed and that the dock workers have returned to their duties. In these happier circumstances the making of regulations under the Emergency Powers Act, which are already in draft, is no longer necessary.

Moved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, thanking His Majesty for His Most Gracious Message, communicating to this House His Majesty's Declaration that a state of emergency exists within the meaning of the Emergency Powers Act, 1920.—(Viscount Addison.)


My Lords, I should like to associate those who sit on these Benches with the humble Address to His Majesty which has been moved by the noble Viscount the Leader of the House. I should like also to join with him in the satisfaction he has expressed at the decision of the workers to return to work. We are all glad that, as so often is the case in this country, the counsels of prudence, wisdom and moderation have prevailed, and I hope with the noble Viscount that the emergency powers will now not be necessary. I do not want to say anything which in any circumstances would cause friction at the present time. We can only hope that a solution satisfactory to all concerned of the past unhappy dispute will now be reached by the two tried methods of conciliation and collective bargaining which have made the trade union system in this country so justly respected in the world.

On Question, Motion agreed to remine dissentiente; the said Address to be presented to His Majesty by the Lords with White Staves.

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