§ MR. MURPHY (Kerry, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to a meeting held last week at St. Helens, when it was decided to form a combination to boycott people dealing with the local co-operative society; whether a vigilance committee was started, and a list of workers and others having connection with the co-operative society was exhibited; and whether the Home Department have given any instructions to magistrates to investigate the conduct of the shopkeepers engaged in these proceedings.
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. RITCHIE, Croydon)
I have no information on this subject beyond the reports which I have seen in the newspapers; and I have no power in any event to give the magistrates such instructions as are suggested in the Question.
§ MR. FLAVIN (Kerry, N.)
Has the right hon. Gentleman any reason to doubt the accuracy of the report in the newspaper?
§ [No answer was returned.]