§ Major Sir David Maxwell Fyfe
(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour whether there has been a satisfactory resumption of work at Smithfield.
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)
Yes, Sir. I should like to take the first available opportunity of expressing on behalf of the Government and, I am sure, also on behalf of all sections of this House, their appreciation of the manner in which all ranks of the Services have discharged the duties which they were called upon to undertake to safeguard vital food supplies. Without this help the difficulties of the London housewife would have peen infinitely greater, and I am sure they also would wish me to express their gratitude.
§ Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe
Will the right hon. Gentleman allow us to join in the gratitude which he has so well expressed for the willingness, energy and good temper with which these difficult tasks have been performed?
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
Can the right Gentleman either confirm or deny the statement in "The Times of today, to the effect that the Strike Committee is remaining in being?
§ Mr. Isaacs
I have not seen that notice in "The Times." The Strike Committee, I believe, says that it will remain in being, but that, I am sure, will have no influence on the union's decision to combat this unofficial activity.
§ Brigadier Rayner
In view of these continual interruptions of Service training, will the Government consider introducing legislation to make unofficial strikes illegal?