HC Deb 28 February 1918 vol 103 cc1544-5
24. Major HUNT

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that the organisation known as the "Industrial Workers of the World" has now obtained a: footing in this country, and in view of the fact that they were only suppressed in America and Australia after they had done damage by creating industrial disturbances and by sabotage, he will now take steps to have this organisation suppressed and its adherents watched by the police and prevented from creating industrial disturbances?


The facts with regard to this organisation are known to me. A prosecution of members of the organisation has recently taken place, and any further measures which it maybe found desirable to take are not likely to be assisted by announcing beforehand what is in contemplation.

Major HUNT

Does the right hon. Gentleman remember that on the 29th October last he said that there was nothing in this organisation at all, and that there would not be if I did not advertise it? Now that the right hon. Gentleman knows that these people have got a footing in this country, will he sit up and take notice?