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Essential Supplies (Picketing)

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will investigate immediately the refusal of the Transport and General Workers' Union and its pickets to allow Reddish Chemical Co. Ltd. of Cheadle Hulme, suppliers of essential detergents to farmers and dairies, to collect vital supplies from ICI Chemicals Ltd. at Northwich; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.The North-West regional emergency committee is holding discussions with local TGWU officials to seek to ensure the movement of essential supplies from ICI Chemicals Ltd. Northwich to Reddish Chemical Co. Ltd.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will investigate immediately the refusal of the Transport and General Workers' Union and its pickets to allow vehicles out of a tallow factory in the Wirral, resulting in health hazards at a slaughterhouse and the probable temporary closure of that slaughterhouse, creating unemployment and a meat shortage.

I have been asked to reply.I understand that the problem has been to get tallow into the factory from United Kingdom Renderers Association. The North-West regional emergency committee has been in contact with local TGWU officials and arrangements have been made to allow four lorry loads of supplies for tallow processing from United Kingdom Renderers into Unichema of Bramborough in the Wirral.