Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
It is not intended that the examination of labour legislation should be the only function served by the Council. Indeed, if developed along the right lines, its biggest service to the country would probably lie in another direction. We do not underrate the value of legislation but it has limitations which arc apt to be, overlooked, and some of the obvious weaknesses in industrial conditions at the present time are not likely to be removed by legislative action. What is required is the spirit of co-operation and understanding among those concerned, and it is this which such a conference should aim at creating.
Each group would be in a better position to appreciate the difficulties of the others, and this appreciation should have a marked effect on industrial peace and development. Nor would the educative value of the Council be limited to the interaction of group on group for within each group the members would gain much from each other by the exchange of ideas. All over India we found experiments the knowledge of which had not penetrated beyond their original home . A conference would provide an opportunity for the interchange of information on all such developments. Further, the pooling of UK representatives' experience and ideas would be the best contribution that could be made towards the formation of a sane and constructive motive policy in labour matters. The formation of sound policy depends on contact with men rather than with letters or files, on the presentation and criticism of ideas face to face, and on an intimacy with the position of others which the written word seldom conveys.