HC Deb 14 April 1891 vol 352 c475

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the case of two men who were tried in the Sheriff Criminal Court, Glasgow, on the 30th of March, and found guilty of criminal conspiracy, on the ground that the accused, being members of a Trades Union, called out, or said they would call out, their fellow members unless a non-Unionist fellow workman was dismissed; whether his attention has been called to the comments of the learned Sheriff on the novelty of the charge, and his statement that its legality had been ascertained by the trial; and also to the ruling that the exemption from the Common Law of Conspiracy contained in " The Conspiracy and Protection to Property Act, 1875," does not extend to trade disputes between workmen; and' whether, having regard to the great importance of the issues involved, he will consent to lay upon the Table an authentic Report of the proceedings, including the Sheriff's charge to the jury?


As the information to enable me to reply to this question has not yet reached me, I must ask the hon. and learned Member to postpone it until Thursday.


I will give it again on Friday.