§ MR. DAVID RANDELL (Glamorgan, Gower)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that, arising out of a tinplate trade dispute, the workpeople interested held a demonstration at Gorseinon, near Swansea, on the 26th June last, and, though orderly, were charged and batoned by a small body of police; that many persons who took no part in the proceedings were chased across the common and severely wounded by the police; that in the early morning of the following day some 18 or 20 tinplate workers were resting in a timber yard by permission of the proprietor, and, whilst many of them were asleep, were attacked and bludgeoned over and through a barbed-wire fencing which encloses the premises, and seriously injured by the police; can he state at whose instance, and by what authority, was such attack made; and whether a full inquiry, at which the injured persons may be represented and heard, will be made into the conduct of the police on the occasions referred to?
§ MR. ASQUITH
I am in communication with the Chief Constable of Glamorganshire, and as soon as I receive his Report I shall be able to answer my hon. Friend's question; but, in the meantime, I must ask him to further postpone his question.