HC Deb 08 November 1950 vol 480 cc917-8
11. Mrs. Middleton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many men have been suspended in Devonport Dockyard because of Communist activities or associations; and over what periods such suspensions have been in operation.

Mr. W. Edwards

Two men have been suspended in Devonport Dockyard because of alleged Communist activities or associations. The first has been sus- pended since 15th September and the second since 27th October.

Mrs. Middleton

Is my hon. Friend aware that quite alarmist reports have been circulating in the area regarding this matter, and that the reassuring reply he has given me will be received with great satisfaction throughout the area, and particularly in the dockyard?

Lord Dunglass

Can the suspension of a Communist each month be described as "reassuring"?

Mr. Fernyhough

Are these men still receiving their wages?

Mr. Edwards

At the moment they are, whilst we are considering whether we can find other employment for them or whether we have to discharge them.

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