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Volume 888: debated on Monday 17 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will instruct the Conciliation Service, in assisting in pay disputes, to take account of the degree of consequential loss and damage sustained by private individuals during strikes and the extent to which workers involved have assented, or refused to accept procedural arrangements for settling disputes.

Ministers do not give instructions to the independent Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, for those industries where disproportionate loss and damage could occur to private, industrial and commercial interests through strike action, if he will consider introducing by legislation or otherwise up-to-date machinery for protecting public safety.

Public safety can best be safeguarded against the effects of strike action in any industry by measures designed to reduce and settle industrial conflict. Our policies aim to provide a framework within which better industrial relations may develop, and we have established the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service to assist in the rapid settlement of disputes.