HC Deb 05 May 1960 vol 622 cc97-8W
67. Mr. C. Osborne

asked the Minister of Labour, in view of the continued failure of the trade union movement to clear up the charges made against the Electrical Trade Union leadership, if he will now move for the appointment of a tribunal under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act, 1921, to inquire into these charges as a matter of urgent public importance.

Mr. Heath

The General Council of the Trades Union Congress has informed the Executive Council of the E.T.U. that unless by 18th May it decides either to sue those who have accused the union publicly of malpractices, or to refer the matter to an independent inquiry, the union will be suspended from membership of the Trades Union Congress. In these circumstances, I have nothing to add to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Watford (Mr. Farey-Jones) on 18th February last.

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