§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the estimated total number of firms in the public and private sectors that voluntarily operate some form of industrial democracy; which systems are being operated and with what success; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waddington
Employers use a very wide range of formal and informal methods for involving employees in the fortunes of their enterprise, and comprehensive information is not available. The indications are that the economic benefits of developing employee involvement arrangements appropriate to an enterprise's particular circumstances are becoming more widely recognised, and we are taking every opportunity to encourage further progress.