HC Deb 01 February 1977 vol 925 cc145-6W
11. Mr. Weetch

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what effect implementation of the proposals in the Bullock Report on Industrial Democracy will have on industrial relations and employment policies within firms.

Mr. Booth

The majority of the Bullock Committee made clear their belief that it is sometimes difficult to implement policies within firms because it is believed that they have been devised without involvement of the work force. I am confident that employee representation on company boards will lead to a reversal of this situation, with a consequent improvement in firms' industrial relations and a commitment to the manpower policies that are adopted.

22. Mr. Bulmer

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what definition of the term industrial democracy he uses in pursuit of his policy to further good industrial relations.

Mr. Booth

Industrial democracy means ensuring that workers and their trade unions have an effective voice in decisions which affect their working lives, and that capital and labour share responsibility for the success of firms.