HC Deb 13 August 1919 vol 119 c1337W

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the statement made by Mr. A. White, a trades union official, at the last meeting of the joint industrial council for the packing-case industry, that output in the Manchester district has been deliberately diminished with the object of finding employment for men who were walking the streets; whether he is aware that this statement was not challenged or disputed by any other trades union officials present; and whether he will take steps to prove to the trades union officials in question the fallacy of these economic arguments and that the necessity of the nation at the moment is increased production?


I have made inquiries, but cannot learn that any such statement was publicly made at the last meeting of the council. I can imagine no better way of bringing home the need for increased production to all concerned than a full and frank discussion of the matter by the joint industrial council itself, which has at its command full knowledge of the industry both from the employers' and the workers' side.

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