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Dock Strikes (Army Labour)

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost to the taxpayer, since 1st January, 1945, of members of His Majesty's Forces employed at docks, and elsewhere, owing to strikes and go-slow methods.

I have been: asked to reply. The true cost to the taxpayer would be difficult or impossible to assess and a considerable amount of time and labour would be involved in collecting the material for even a rough assessment. In the circumstances I do not feel justified in complying with the hon. Member's request.