§ 17. Mr. C. DUNCAN
asked the Under-Secretary for War whether he is aware that two trade union organisers were arrested and detained on the instructions of the manager of the Barnbow Munition Works, Crossgates, near Leeds, on 21st June; whether he can state the reason for this action; and will he give instructions to the manager that such conduct is improper?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MUNITIONS DEPARTMENT (Dr. Addison)
I am informed that these two men were found within the boundaries of a national munitions factory without the passes which are required for admission to such factories. In the circumstances they were very properly detained by the management and transferred to the custody of the police for inquiries to be made. They were liberated within a very short time.
§ Dr. ADDISON
I cannot answer that without further inquiry. But it is well known people cannot enter munition works without passes.