HC Deb 22 January 1942 vol 377 c400
24. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the resolution of the Radio Engineers, No. 3 Branch, of the Electrical Trades Union, sent to him by the hon. Member for West Fife, regarding his ban on popular speakers addressing the meetings in factories under his control; and whether, in view of the value of such meetings, he is prepared to withdraw the order?

Mr. Bevin

It is the definite policy of the Government that no political meetings of any kind shall be held in factories or other establishments directly under Government control. The House will, I think, appreciate the necessity for having such a rule and for applying it strictly in all cases.

Mr. Gallacher

What is it of which the Minister or the Government are afraid? Are they afraid that the workers are becoming too intelligent?