Mr. Alan Lee Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity whether she will consider appointing a special inquiry to assess the progress of decasualisation in the Port of London.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
Decasualisation, which formed part of the first stage of the Devlin programme of modernisation for the docks, was introduced in London, as in the other ports covered by the Dock Labour Scheme, on 18th September, 1967. The present need is to make progress on the second stage of the programme. I do not consider, therefore, that an inquiry into decasualisation would serve a useful purpose.