§ Mr. Ford
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the dispute between Messrs. Wm. Denby and Sons, Baildon, and the National Union of Dyers, Bleachers and Textile Workers is now 14 months old; what steps he has taken to obtain a settlement; whether he will institute an independent inquiry into the circumstances of the dispute; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gunter
Yes. My officers tried without success to promote a settlement by conciliation. Last November the trade union approached me about this dispute and after careful consideration I informed them that there was nothing further I could do which would lead to a settlement.298W I have reconsidered the matter but I am still of the same opinion. I do not propose to institute an independent inquiry. In December the trade union submitted a formal complaint that the firm was in breach of the Fair Wages Resolution of this House. The firm's observations are now being considered, and if the matter is not otherwise settled I shall refer it to the Industrial Court for decision.