§ Mr. John Grant
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consultations have been held with employers, trades unions and other interested parties over the merger proposals for retail trades councils over the past five years; and on what dates those consultations took place.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
I am informed that over the past five years my Department has consulted the following organisations 665W over the merger proposals for retail trades wages councils.
Date of consultation Organisation, etc. consulted 24 March 1975 … Workers' sides of the 9 retail wages councils comprising USDAW, TGWU, URTU, APEX and Retail Book, Stationery and Allied Trades Employees' Association, Bakers' Union Scottish Union of Bakers. 24 March 1975 … Employers' sides of the 9 retail wages councils comprising Booksellers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland, Federation of Bakers, Scottish Association of Master Bakers, Multiple Shops' Federation, Menswear Association of Great Britain, Scottish House Furnishers' Association, Scottish Grocers' Federation, National Association of Retail Furnishers, Retail Confectioners' and Tobacconists' Association, Scottish Tobacco Federation, Retail Distributors' Association, National Federation of Fish Friers, The National Association of Master Bakers, China and Glass Retailers' Federation, Multiple Wine Merchants' Association, British Stationery and Office Products Federation. The National Chamber of Trade. Co-operative Employers' Association. Drapers' Chamber of Trade. The Multiple Shoe Retailers' Association. The Retail Credit Federation. The National Shoe Retailers' Council. The Scottish Retail Drapers' Association. The Scottish Retail Credit Association. The Federation of Merchant Tailors. Mail Order Traders' Association. Amalgamated Master Dairymen Ltd. National Dairymen's Association. National Federation of Fishmongers. National Federation of Meat Traders' Associations Incorporated. National Food and Drink Federation. The National Union of Small Shopkeepers. The Retail Fruit Trade Federation Ltd. The Licensed Grocers and Wine Merchants' Association of Scotland. Multiple Food Retailers Employers' Association. Retail Fruit Trade Federation Ltd. (Scottish Region). Radio and Television Retailers' Association Ltd. The Society of Master Saddlers Ltd. The National Association of Tool Dealers. The National Federation of Ironmongers. The Scottish Hardware Association. The Federation of Sports Goods Distributors. Radio and Television Retailers' Association of Scotland. British Hardware Federation. The Electrical Contractors' Association of Scotland. National Association of Cycle and Motor Cycle Traders. National Association of Toy Retailers. Wallpaper, Paint and Wall-covering Retailers' Association. National Federation of Retail Newsagents. The Ice Cream Alliance Ltd. The Newspaper Publishers' Association Ltd. National Federation of Retail Newsagents (Scottish Council). 25 March 1975 … 17 Independent Members of the 9 retail wages councils. 11 December 1975* … Draft order sent to all organisations represented on the 9 wages councils and also CBI and TUC. 18 February 1976 … British Flower Industry Association. 20 February 1976 … The National Association of Goldsmiths of Great Britain and Ireland. 4 May 1976 … … British Flower Industry Association. 15 July 1976 … … National Association of Goldsmiths of Great Britain and Ireland. 18 October 1977 … Multiple Shops Federation. 15 December 1977 … The National Association and Master Bakers and Scottish Association of Master Bakers. 26 January 1978 … Employers' Side of the Retail Newsagency, Tobacco and Confectionery Trade Wages Council (England and Wales). 28 April 1978 … Dairy Trade Federation. 25May l978 † … Sent to all organisations represented on the 9 wages councils. 3 August 1978 … Multiple Shops' Federation. 11 October 1978 … Retail Wages Liaison Committee (Retail Consortium). 31 January 1979 … USDAW. 26 March 1979 … Retail Wages Liaison Committee (Retail Consortium). 10 April 1979† … Sent to all organisations represented on the 9 retail councils. 21 June 1979 … … Employers' Side of Retail Newsagency, Tobacco and Confectionery Trades Wages Council (England and Wales). *Draft order. †Consultative document.