HC Deb 10 January 1990 vol 164 cc668-9W
Mr. Skinner

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what discussions he has had with the Trades Union Congress regarding the closed shop; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholls

My right hon. Friend regularly meets representatives of the Trades Union Congress to discuss a wide range of employment issues. He has not, however, been involved in any recent meetings with them to discuss the closed shop.

Mr. Nicholas Bennett

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what further proposals he has to outlaw the closed shop.

Mr. Nicholls

The Employment Bill published on 21 December 1989 makes it unlawful to refuse to employ a person because he is or is not a trade union member and provides that any person refused employment for such a reason may complain to an industrial tribunal. This measure, together with the protections afforded by the Employment Act 1988, will make all forms of the closed shop unenforceable in law.