HC Deb 24 July 1888 vol 329 c328

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether the Government will cause an investigation of the Agricultural Labourers' Union, in order to prevent further misappropriation, in accordance with the terms of a Resolution passed at a meeting of leaders and friends of the Union, held in London, on Friday, July 13?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

I am informed that the Agricultural Labourers' Union is not a Friendly Society, but a Trades Union; and, under these circumstances, the Government have no legal power to direct an investigation into its affairs.