§ Mr. Prescott
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many non-scheme ports have implemented the recommendations, accepted by the Government, of the final report on non-scheme ports and wharves to eliminate the casual engagement of labour, and bring parity in wages, pensions, sick pay and social amenities.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
I have been asked to reply.
Following discussions with both sides of the industry my Department informed the undertakings concerned that the Government hoped that the matters raised in the recommendations of the National Ports Council could be resolved by local negotiation. The trade union was informed that if there were differences which could not be resolved in this way it was open to it or the employer to seek the help of my Department's conciliation and advisory service. My regional officers have received one approach from the union and discussions are being arranged.