§ 79. Mr. JOWETT
asked the Minister of Munitions if his attention has been called to statements made in the newspapers, "Umpire" and "Leeds and Yorkshire Mercury," of 12th and 13th September, respectively, to the effect that, of 2,500 workers employed at a particular munitions factory, the number of absentees on each of two successive days was no less than 1,400, notwithstanding that, in fact, the total number employed at the factory referred to was less than 140 and the story regarding absentees was entirely unfounded; and whether he intends taking any action against the two newspapers in question under the Defence of the Realm Acts?
§ Dr. ADDISON
My right hon. Friend's attention has not hitherto been called to the statements referred to in the question. He is, however, making inquiries in the matter.