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Bakeries (Salt Supply)

Volume 961: debated on Monday 22 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold urgent discussions with the TGWU in order to ensure that a supply of salt is allowed through the picket lines for delivery to bakeries in the light of the fact that salt is an essential ingredient in the baking of bread, and a failure of supply is causing a threat to employment in bakeries.

The Government regard salt as a priority supply. The TGWU fully accepts that it is within this category and has advised its members that pickets should not seek to prevent or delay its movement. Where this code of practice is not followed, the local regional emergency committees are doing everything possible to improve the situation.