HC Deb 12 February 1951 vol 484 cc20-1
37. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Attorney-General what action he proposes to take against the Electrical Trades Union for supporting the illegal strike of electricians at Heathrow.

The Attorney-General (Sir Hartley Shawcross)

None, Sir.

Mr. Shepherd

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman able to state the extent of the financial assistance granted by the Union to this illegal strike? Is the House to assume from his answer that in future unions can give support of a financial nature to illegal strikes without incurring any penalties?

The Attorney-General

No, Sir; that would be a very unsafe assumption to make. I am not in a position to say offhand the exact amount of financial assistance which was given in this case, but I had the circumstances investigated by the police and, after consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions, I came to the conclusion that this was not a case in which to take action.

Air Commodore Harvey

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman say why an inquiry is not being held into this strike?

The Attorney-General

I do not think that that is a question for me.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

How much has this strike cost the country?

The Attorney-General

That, also, is not a question for me.

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