25 SEPTEMBER 1915, Page 3

The Conference of the executives of Trade Unions who have

been considering ways and means of speeding up the output of munitions ended on Friday week, They formally accepted Mr. Lloyd George's statement that greater efforts were needed in the shops, and pledged themselves (1) to ensure the suspension of all restrictive practices ; (2) to aid investigation as to the least amount of skilled labour that can be used in running the machinery for twenty-four hours in every day in all shops ; (3) to facilitate the introduction of unskilled labour. These are practical pledges that go to the heart of the matter, and we congratulate the Conference upon them. If the men do not break away from their leaders, all should now go well.