§ 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- 918 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?
§ 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.