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Journalists (Dispute)

Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has yet reached any conclusions on the representations made on the dispute between the National Union of Journalists and the Institute of Journalists and the likely effect on the freedom of the Press of his proposals for the operation of a closed shop in trade union legislation.

Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act and the Amendment Bill, now in Committee, it is for the parties concerned within the industry to decide whether there should be a closed shop and to determine the coverage and terms of such an agreement. I am not convinced that any special legislative provision on the freedom of the Press is necessary.