HC Deb 20 February 1979 vol 963 cc96-7W
11. Mr. Michael Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what recent representations he has received relating to the need for changes in the law relating to the closed shop.

Mr. Harold Walker

I have received a number of representations, mainly from individuals, not representative bodies, about closed shops. These have expressed different points of view or raised matters of individual concern. Several have revealed a misunderstanding of the current legal position and there is no one change in the law suggested by the different correspondents.

35. Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what recent discussions he has had with the Trades Union Congress about the operation of the closed shop; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Harold Walker

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister reported to the House last week on the successful outcome of discussions between the TUC and the Government. The paper entitled "The Economy, the Government and Trade Union Responsibilities" contains details both of the joint statement and the guidance the TUC has given affiliates on industrial relations questions. One of the annexed guides deals with trade union organisation and the closed shop.