HC Deb 14 August 1916 vol 85 cc1396-7
41. Mr. W. THORNE

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a wagon builder by the name of W. Hallsworth, who worked for the Gittis Wagon Building Company, Penistone, Yorkshire, for many years, was discharged on 20th July for trade union activity; if he is aware that the management allowed some one to write on the man's discharge note, "Wanted for military"; whether he exceeded his duty by to doing; whether he is aware that the man started work at Oammel, Lairds, Penistone, on 1st August, breaking shell; is he aware that on 3rd August, at 5.50 p.m., he received a military note to appear before the military authority at Barnsley on 4th August at 9.30; if he is aware that Major Skinner, of Barnsley, and the manager of the wagon works of Penistone, are personal friends; if BO, does it look like collusion between the two persons to get the man into the Army; whether wagon building is a reserved occupation; whether the man in question was entitled to at least fourteen days' notice before being called up; and if he intends taking any action in the matter?


I am having inquiry made about this man's case, and when the necessary information is received it will be communicated to my hon. Friend, with his permission, by letter.