HC Deb 12 October 1944 vol 403 cc1912-3
21. Mr. Kirby

asked the Minister of Labour how many prosecutions have been undertaken to date under Regulation IAA; and whether, in view of the improved war situation and its relation to industry, he can now withdraw the Regulation.

Mr. Bevin

The question of proceedings under Regulation IAA is not for me; but I am informed that there have been no prosecutions under that Regulation, and I am not prepared to withdraw it.

Mr. Kirby

Will my right hon. Friend be good enough to keep this Regulation under review, in the same way as the Home Secretary is keeping other Regulations under review?

Mr. Bevin

Yes, we shall carry out the pledge we gave to the House.

Mr. W. J. Brown

Does not the statement of the Minister of Labour demonstrate that the Regulation is utterly unnecessary?

Mr. Bevin

No, Sir; plenty of things take place in the street when the policeman is not present, which do not happen when he is there.