HC Deb 25 February 1971 vol 812 cc191-2W
19. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what increase in strikes and consequential days lost has occurred since publication of the Industrial Relations Bill.

Mr. Bryan

The Industrial Relations Bill was published on 3rd December, 1970. My Department's statistics of industrial stoppages show the following estimates for the six months ending 31st January, 1971:

United Kingdom
Stoppages beginning in month Working days lost in all stoppages in progress in month
1970 August 290 530,000
September 371 770,000
October 289 1,662,000
November 240 1,598,000
December 110 304,000
1971 January 211 1,983,000
All the above figures are provisional.

24. Mr. Hayhoe

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what recent representations have been made to him by the Trades Union Congress on the subject of the Industrial Relations Bill; and what replies he has sent.

Mr. R. Carr

My hon. Friend will be aware that since last October the Trades Union Congress have declined to enter into consultations with me on the Industrial Relations Bill. I regret therefore that I have not received any representations from them regarding possible amendments to the Bill.

60. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, in view of the fact that, in addition to the engineers, the boilermakers have announced their intention of holding strikes against the Government's Industrial Relations Bill, he will now agree to meet the unions concerned to discuss ways and means of preventing these strikes.

Mr. Bryan

I refer the hon. Member to the previous answer I gave to him on 18th February, 1971.— [Vol. 811, c. 540–541.]