§ Mr. Gow
Is the Minister aware that since the Adjournment debate on 7th April last the number of employees of British Rail who have been dismissed for refusing to join a union has increased from 31 to 40? Is it not clear that as the closed shop is extended the man without a union card will find it impossible to get a job? Does the Minister believe that it is right for the Government to accept a policy of neutrality when we are moving towards a closed shop Britain?
§ Mr. Walker
We believe that it is right that we should have a policy of neutrality and that the law should be neutral, as it is. The hon. Member is asking the Government to move away from neutrality against the closed shop. We prefer to remain neutral.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Can the Minister explain how this neutrality differs from the neutrality of Pontius Pilate?