§ 87. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that on the evening of Thursday, 11th May, whilst a number of workmen were peaceably discussing the circumstances of the present lock-out in the engineering industry in the vicinity of Raymouth Road, Bermondsey, Police-constable No. 529 M approached the men 370 and used provocative and insulting language; and if he will make inquiry into the matter.
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Shortt)
I have made inquiry, and cannot find that the constable exceeded his duty in any way. He called upon a number of men, apparently strikers, who were following workmen, to disperse, but he denies using any provocative or insulting language, and no complaint was made at the time.
§ Mr. THORNE
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this constable is possessed of a violent temper and a bitter tongue?