HC Deb 13 November 1930 vol 244 cc1830-1
28. Lieut.-Colonel MOORE

asked the Minister of Labour if her attention has been directed to the prosecution of three Irishmen at the Middlesex sessions last month for shop-breaking; and, in view of the statement by the police officer in attendance at the court that the men were brought over from Ireland by the Government for road work in England, if she will inform the House of the reasons for such Government action?


No Irishmen have been brought over by the Government for roadwork in this country. The allegation in the question appeared in the Press last September. It was at once investigated and found to be entirely without foundation. A statement to this effect was issued to the Press at the time and was published in some newspapers.


Has any action been taken against the official concerned? In view of the fact that the statement of the officer reflects on the right hon. Lady's Department, will she not consider taking some action in order to insure that these officials in the future shall be dealt with if they so offend?


I am afraid I have enough troubles of my own without taking on the police.