§ 68. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what intervention there has been during the last year by her Department in the dispute which resulted in the ban by the No. 1 Docks Group on the use of the recently completed Overseas Container Terminal at Tilbury.
74. Mr. Edward M. Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity if she will make a further statement on her discussions with the Trades Union Congress about the dispute in Tilbury docks.
§ Mrs. Castle
In my statement on 27th November I informed the House of my Department's continuing attempts over a long period to resolve the difficulties surrounding the T.G.W.U. ban on further introduction of modernised cargo-handling methods in the Port of London, including the OCL /ACT container berth at Tilbury.
At my meeting with Mr. Feather and Mr. Jones the same evening, Mr. Jones assured me that all aspects of the situation would be considered by the appropriate union committees meeting early this week. I have been informed by the union, however, that no decision has yet been taken by the union to lift the ban.