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Industrial Democracy (European Community)

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a detailed statement on the similarities and differences between the implementation of industrial democracy in the EEC and that proposed in Great Britain, together with an analysis of any discussions he has had or proposes to have with members of EEC countries or institutions on this subject.

I have been asked to reply.The arrangements for industrial democracy in the EEC are set out in considerable detail in Part II of the EEC Green Paper on Employee Participation and Company Structure (Bulletin supplement 8/75). My right hon. Friend has had useful discussions on this subject with the Commissioner responsible and with representatives of Government and both sides of industry in the Federal Republic of Germany. He hopes to visit other EEC countries in the near future. He does not propose to publish an analysis of these discussions.