HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 c39W
63. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Labour if he will identify the occasions upon which he has exercised his powers under Regulation 58AA to prohibit a strike or lockout; and in which cases prosecution ensued.

Mr. Ness Edwards

The Regulation in question only enables the Minister to make provision by order for prohibiting strikes or lockouts. In the exercise of this power he has made the Conditions of Employment and National Arbitration Orders, 1940–44, under which strikes and lockouts are prohibited in certain circumstances. There have been 109 cases of prosecution of workpeople (involving 6,281 individuals) and two prosecutions of employers in connection with illegal stoppages of work.