50 Years Ago – 20 May 1972

20 May 1972

Ballots went out to 200,000 railway workers after it was ordered by the National Industrial Relations Court following resistance from the trade unions. Lord Denning (in main photo), speaking following the judgement, said that he had no doubt that the legislation regarded the rail go-slow as a national emergency.

James Prior, the Agriculture Minister, announced that food prices were falling for the first time in several months.

The first firm orders for the Concorde aircraft were announced, from BOAC and Air France.