§ 34. Mr. John H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Employment, in view of the recent industrial relations legislation concerned with the closed shop, what evidence he has that local authorities and public industries are now insisting that all contractors and sub-contractors enforce the closed shop principle: and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Booth
I am not aware that local authorities and public industries are adopting such a practice. However, if they decide to include conditions concerning union membership of a contractor's or sub-contractor's employees as a term of444W a commercial contract, that is a matter for the parties to the contract. Such practices are not affected by recent industrial relations legislation relating to the closed shop.