HC Deb 04 July 1978 vol 953 c163W
Mr. Bean

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of talks between his Department and the staff side and industrial trade unions on the development of industrial democracy in the dockyards.

Dr. Gilbert

The Government have received proposals from the national staff side and the trade union side of the Joint Co-ordinating Committee for Government Industrial Establishments for extending industrial democracy in the Civil Service and is ready to meet them for discussions whenever they wish. Well developed arrangements already exist in the Royal dockyards for consultation and communication between management and employees.