HC Deb 26 August 1880 vol 256 cc95-6

asked Mr. Attorney General, Whether his attention has been called to the report in the "Times," of July 16th, of the case of Duke v. Littleboy, an action brought by a trade union against one of its branches, seeking to restrain the defendants from dividing among the members the funds of the society; and, whether, as this decision tends to nullify the Trade Union Acts of 1871–76, and to revive the notion that contracts by and with such societies were in restraint of trade and therefore unlawful, and not to be enforced in courts of Law, he will consider the propriety of amending the Acts by further legislation?


in reply, said, his attention had not been called to this case, except by the Question of his hon. Friend. He had referred to the Report, and, as far as he could gather, it did not nullify the Trade Union Acts, but was in accordance with them. He was not aware that the Government intended to make any alteration.