§ 37. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the letter from Professor G. B. S. Haldane, which has been sent to him, enclosing a resolution passed by the machine room chapel of the "Daily Worker" repudiating the police report made to the Minister; and whether he has any further statement to make in the light of this repudiation?
§ Mr. Peake
Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend, after considering the communication from Professor Haldane and making inquiries, adheres unreservedly to the statement which he made in the House on 28th January. As the workman whose colourful remarks my right hon. Friend quoted was not a member of the chapel in question, the letter of repudiation from 1517 that chapel is valueless and misleading. I may add that my right hon. Friend has had the opportunity of seeing two earlier drafts of this letter of repudiation which had been prepared by their former employers and which the men refused to sign.
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is it not the case that the chapel, which represents the printers employed, repudiated quite categorically the statement that they went on strike in order to stop any production of the "Daily Worker"; and is it not the case that the obliging trade union secretary who corroborated the statement of the Minister in this House approved the resolution that was sent to the Minister?
§ Mr. Isaacs
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the management of this paper asked this chapel of members of my society if they would sign this:At no time in the history of the 'Daily Worker' has there been any strike for the purpose of bringing about alterations in the contents of the paper,and that the men refused to sign it, and adhere to their statement that they have taken action?
§ 69. Sir Waldron Smithers
asked the Home Secretary whether he is in a position, without prejudicing the national interest, to publish a balance-sheet for the last available financial year of the "Daily Worker" and the "Week"?
§ Mr. Mabane
I am told that the "Daily Worker" is a private company, and the balance-sheets of private companies are not normally available.