HC Deb 13 February 1946 vol 419 c367
13. Lieut.-Colonel Mackeson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that the recent general strike in Cyprus was illegal; what connection it had with the recent sentence of one year's imprisonment on certain Cypriot trades unionists who were charged with trying to overthrow the constitution; and if he will give an assurance that he will not be in fluenced in any way by general strikes.

Mr. George Hall

I have not yet received a report on the general strike to which the hon. Member refers, but I am informed that a one day's strike took place on the 22nd January as a protest against sentences passed by the Assize Court on 18 individuals. On the information available to me, I am advised that the strike does not appear to have been unlawful within Section 52 of Cyprus law No. 16 of 1941.

Lieut.-Colonel Mackeson

Could the right hon. Gentleman say if he approves of strikes aimed at influencing the Legislature?

Mr. Solley

On a point of Order. Is it not a fact that the trade unionists sentenced to imprisonment are appealing against that sentence and, in those circumstances, is it proper that this Question should be put on the Order Paper?

Mr. Speaker

I have not heard whether they are appealing or not. I cannot keep in touch with every appeal throughout the Empire.

Major Guy Lloyd

Is it not a fact that all general strikes are against the Government?