HC Deb 20 November 1941 vol 376 c501W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will take steps to ensure that no agreement or trade practice already existing, or that may be entered into later, shall, for the duration of the war, be used in any way to impede production or the war effort?

Mr. Tomlinson

Employers and trade unions are in general co-operating wholeheartedly in all the measures necessary for increasing war production and provision has been made by Order for recording departures from trade practices. My right hon. Friend relies upon the joint voluntary machinery in industry to consider and find remedies for difficulties or impediments which may arise from time to time. In this way the recognised practice of the industry may be regulated by mutual agreement in a manner which will best serve the national interest.