HC Deb 04 July 1978 vol 953 c102W
17. Mr. Loyden

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the effects of the Dock Work Regulation Act on employment in the docks industry.

Mr Harold Walker

The National Dock Labour Board is required by the Act to keep under review the strength and disposition of the registered labour force. When Sections 7 and 8 are brought into operation, the Board will also need to consider whether cargo handling activities not covered by the existing dock labour scheme should be recommended for classification. It is not possible at this stage to foresee what the combined effects of these and other provisions of the Act are likely to be on employment in the industry and clearly much will depend on whether the House approves the draft scheme which has already been laid.