HC Deb 19 June 1961 vol 642 cc87-8W
45. Mr. Lee

asked the Minister of Labour what reply he has sent to the Iron and Steel Trades Employers' Association following its request for an investigation into the negotiating procedure of the industry.

Mr. P. Thomas

The Association has not requested an investigation into the negotiating procedure. My right hon. Friend was however asked to consider appointing a committee to inquire into a dispute concerning the pay of craftsmen employed by firms in membership of this Association but he has suggested that, at this stage, it would be more appropriate for the employers and the unions to meet again at national level to discuss the dispute. We understand that steps are being taken to arrange a meeting.